×

Changes Coming to Avert Future Spills: President

President Barack Obama says an independent commission investigating the ongoing Gulf oil spill will thoroughly examine the disaster and its causes to ensure that the nation never faces such a catastrophe again.

President Barack Obama
Photo by: Pete Souza
President Barack Obama

Obama spoke in the Rose Garden after the group's first meeting and pledged that necessary changes will be made.

The president says that if laws are insufficient, they'll be changed. He says that if government oversight wasn't tough enough, that will change too. And Obama said if laws were broken, those who were responsible will be prosecuted.

Obama says the leaders of the commission have his support to follow the facts wherever they lead.

Coast Guard Replaces On-Scene Admiral

The Coast Guard is replacing the admiral who has been the federal on-scene coordinator since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and millions of gallons of crude leaked into the Gulf.

The spill's unified command center said in a news release Tuesday that Rear Adm. Mary Landry will return to duties as commandant of the 8th Coast Guard District in New Orleans to focus on hurricane season preparations.

Her replacement is Rear Adm. James Watson, who joined Landry as deputy on-scene coordinator three days after the rig exploded April 20.

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert Papp says in a statement that Landry's relief had been planned since the start of the response.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander, praised Landry's performance.