Jun 15, 2010 9:23 PM by Chris Welty
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he understands the
difficulties stemming from a six-month moratorium on new permits
for deepwater drilling but tells the nation that he has to ensure
the safety of those who work on the oil rigs at sea.
Obama on Tuesday said he had proposed expanded offshore drilling
a few months ago with the assurances it was absolutely safe. He
says that was obviously not the case aboard the BP rig that
exploded and is now spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
In his first address from the Oval Office, Obama says he wants
to hear a national panel's recommendations to improve worker safety
and environmental protections before the moratorium is lifted. He
says he also wants to understand what led to the sinking of the
Deepwater Horizon rig.