Obama: More Gulf drilling only if assurances

U.S. President Obama said that offshore oil drilling could only go forward if there were assurances that an oil spill disaster would not happen again.

Obama: More Gulf drilling only if assurances

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that offshore oil drilling could only go forward if there were assurances that a disaster like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would not happen again.

As Obama officially unveiled a commission to investigate the accident, he issued a stern message that while keeping pressure on firms involved in the still-uncapped spill -- BP, Halliburton and Transocean Ltd -- he would also hold Washington accountable for mending its ways.

With frustration growing and political risks looming over the spill, Obama announced that former Democratic Senator Bob Graham and and former Environmental Protection Agency chief William Reilly would co-chair the bipartisan panel, with six months to report back to him.

Reuters

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