U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01) issued the following statement after release of the final report by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling:
"Although I am still reviewing the presidential panel report on the causes of last summer's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, this commission report is one of several investigations that are ongoing into the Deepwater Horizon Spill and its findings will be among those considered as we take steps to make sure this isolated disaster never happens again.
"We must strike the appropriate balance between protecting our environment and not tying the hands of responsible development. A "one size fits all' moratorium on off shore exploration is not that balance. Thirty percent of our oil comes from the Gulf of Mexico and any reduction, such as the Obama Administration's current offshore energy policy, will result in an increase in foreign imports and an increase in fuel prices on Americans at a fragile point in our economic recovery, undermining jobs.
"As Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, which maintains jurisdiction over national energy policy generally, I will continue to review this report and monitor the clean up and recovery efforts closer to make sure the Commission's recommendations and current regulations are protecting the environment without shutting down responsible exploration in the Gulf."