Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources this morning, testifying to Congress for the first time since the Gulf oil spill disaster occurred. Salazar was frank with the Committee about some of his agency's weaknesses—particularly when it comes to oversight. Here are a few highlights in tweet form, culled from our coverage of the hearing on Twitter.
Senators mentioned below include John Barrasso (R-WY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), while the suzyji handle belongs The Guardian's Suzanne Goldenberg.
- Barrasso: if dept can't keep track of inspections, how can they be properly overseeing? #BPhearing [link]
- RT @ suzyji Now Udall asking Salazar about inspections of #oilspill rig. MMS shd have done 104, but there were only 88 inspections, it seems. #BPhearing [link]
- Menendez: ill-served by MMS, have they underestimated the risks to offshore drilling? Salazar: Raises Q if appropriate safety mechs in place [link]
- Menendez If MMS *was* adequately prepared, why did NOAA say they underestimated & understated the problem? #BPhearing [link]
- RT @suzyji Ken Salazar's prepared statement is all abt action SINCE #oilspill -- not MMS oversight of drilling operations #BPhearing. Cd be a clash [link]
- Anyone know why in Salazar's #bphearing statement the "top leadership from my nat resources & science team" doesn't include MMS Director? [link]
- There are some bad apples at MMS, they will be held accountable, says Salazar [link]
- Salazar says IG investigating any impropriety in MMS's role in this disaster #BPhearing [link]
- Wyden: Long past time to drain the regulatory and safety swamp at MMS #BPhearing [link]
- Salazar: If he finds someone that has ignored the science, their heads will roll #BPhearing [link]
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-- Mandy Smithberger and Bryan Rahija