National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling is a presidential commission, established by Executive Order 13543 signed by Barack Obama on May 21, 2010, that is “tasked with providing recommendations on how the United States can prevent and mitigate the impact of any future spills that result from offshore drilling.” It came about as a result of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

The Commission's purpose is to:

  • Examine the facts and circumstances to determine the cause of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster
  • Develop options for guarding against future oil spills associated with offshore drilling
  • Submit a final public report to the President with its findings within 6 months of the Commission's first meeting

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill And Offshore Drilling's Final Report:

Key Publications of the Commission:

Research

The Commission and staff consulted with a number of outside experts as part of its investigation and research. The following reports were submitted to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling at the request of staff, but the report is not the work product of the Commission or its staff, and should not be construed in any respect as the official or unofficial findings, opinions, statements, or recommendations of the Commission or its staff. All findings, opinions, statements, and recommendations contained in these reports are solely those of the authors.

  • Resources for the Future Oil Spill Commission series
  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and a Review of MMS NEPA Documents, Professor Margaret R. Caldwell, Professor Deborah A. Sivas and Kimiko Narita, Stanford Law School, Oct. 19, 2010
  • The Offshore Oil and Gas Industry in the Gulf of Mexico Key Economic Characteristics of the Supply Chain, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oct. 5, 2010
  • The Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Market Response - Part One, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oct. 5, 2010
  • The Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Market Response - Part Two, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oct. 29, 2010
  • The Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Report in Insurance - Part One, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oct. 5, 2010
  • The Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Report in Insurance - Part Two, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oct. 12, 2010
  • The Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Report in Insurance - Part Three, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oct. 29, 2010
  • Jody Freeman Presentation on Structural Options for MMS/BOEM, Nov. 1, 2010
  • Jody Freeman Powerpoint, Nov. 1, 2010
  • Insurance and Safety Incentives, Professor Thomas W. Merrill, Columbia Law School, Jan. 11, 2011
  • Analysis of Well Containment and Control Attempts in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Blowout in MC252, Tyagi, et al., Louisiana State University, Jan. 12, 2011
  • Economists' Perspectives on Liability Insurance, Ishan Nath, Mar. 11, 2011

Testimony Before the Commission:

 

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