A bipartisan report has criticized President Barack Obama and his administration for their response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, which consists of Obama-appointed members, determined through its investigation that the government withheld information from the public. The commission said that the White House Office of Management and Budget did not reveal the worst-case estimates of the spill, according to media reports
In addition, the group criticized the Obama administration for failing to accurately report the amount of oil that was dispersed by biodegradation, which is a method of oil breakdown through the use of chemicals.
"By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the Federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem," the report stated.
A Democratic candidate for Senate has also panned Obama for his response to the April 20 oil rig explosion, which killed 11 workers, injured 17 others and caused the worst environmental disaster in United States history. During a television ad in support of Louisiana State Representative Charlie Melancon (D-Napoleonville), the President is criticized for placing a moratorium on deepwater drilling, according to the Huffington Post.
The suspension of drilling raised the ire of Louisiana officials who said the halt would further harm coastal economies. The drilling freeze was lifted by Louisiana court rulings less than a month after the White House announced the moratorium, and then reinstituted by the Obama administration.