Obama to Establish Panel to Investigate Oil Spill

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BP America president Lamar McKay, in front of protesters, at Monday's Senate hearing. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Clearly still riled up over how this oil-spill disaster has been handled, Obama will be signing an executive order forming a presidential commission to investigate the Gulf of Mexico spill, according to administration officials. The panel — which will not include any current government members — will examine “the causes of the spill and explore a range of issues including: industry practices; rig safety; Federal, state, and local regulatory regimes; federal governmental oversight, including the structure and functions of M.M.S.; and environmental review and other protections.” The commission is modeled after those created to investigate the Three Mile Island nuclear-plant accident and the Challenger shuttle explosion.

White House to Create Panel to Study Gulf Oil Spill [NYT]