"Lawmakers Gear Up to Drill Commission on Oil Spill Report's Findings"

"This week the leaders of the presidential commission that investigated last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will take their case for increased funding and offshore drilling safety reform to Capitol Hill, but their specific legislative recommendations may reach deaf ears.

The seven-member commission's widely anticipated 280-page report and recommendations for offshore drilling reform released to the president earlier this month included several recommendations directed to industry and the Obama administration as well as some that require congressional action.

The panel's co-chairmen -- Bill Reilly, a former U.S. EPA administrator under President George H.W. Bush, and former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) -- Wednesday will make their first formal appearances before Congress to pitch their specific recommendations for regulatory reform and increased funding for the Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drillers.

The duo is slated to testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday morning, followed by an appearance that afternoon before the House Natural Resources Committee."

Katie Howell reports for Greenwire January 24, 2011.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011