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Sen. Bill Nelson blasts Obama Administration for suppressing information on the oil spill



Count Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson among the critics blasting the Obama Administration over a new report that says the White House suppressed information about the possible size of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and let politics run the show.

The staff report by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission says that when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wanted to release some of the worst-case scenarios for the amount of oil spilling, it was rebuffed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

“It’s inexcusable,” Nelson said during a visit to the St. Petersburg Times editorial board Thursday.

The staff report, which has yet to be ratified by the full commission, also says the White House lagged in its initial response to the BP oil spill. Nelson said the military should have been put in charge of the response, rather than BP and the Coast Guard trying to take joint responsibility for shutting off the undersea gusher and cleaning up the coast.

--Craig Pittman, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:45am]


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