Administration, BP were asked tough questions, senator says

President Obama has been engaged in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis since it began, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said.

“The president has taken this seriously since the beginning and has employed a wide range of resources to deal with it,” Udall said in a teleconference with Colorado reporters.

Udall, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he has asked tough questions of the administration and British Petroleum, which Udall said bears the lion’s share of blame for the spill.

“As we evaluate the steps that were taken,” Udall said, “we may find some places where we could have moved more quickly.”

Oil booms offered by the Netherlands were first rejected by the administration but now are being used in the gulf.

“I’m glad to hear they are now being deployed,” Udall said. “I do know that hundreds if not tens of thousands of suggestions” have been made. “At this point I’m open to any and every method” that would minimize damage from the spill.

Udall said he was horrified by oil from the spill washing into the swamps and wetlands of Louisiana and threatening other states’ beaches and coastlines.

“It’s the worst environmental accident of my lifetime,” he said.

British Petroleum has to be held accountable, Udall said, adding that he is “working to make sure no tax dollars are spent to bail BP out.”


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