By Jim Snyder - 04/22/10 03:27 PM EDT
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is calling for the government to investigate the explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that has left 11 workers missing.
“It is clear that the U.S. Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into this accident,” Landrieu said. “It is critical that these agencies examine what went wrong and the environmental impact this incident has created.”
A massive fire broke out Tuesday night on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig operated by BP. The blast injured 17 workers, three critically, and left 11 more missing. The search for the missing workers continued Thursday.
The accident comes as the oil industry’s efforts to secure more offshore access for drilling have gained momentum. A Senate climate bill expected to be released on Monday is likely to include expand drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf. Meanwhile, the Obama administration announced plans late last month to expand drilling in the Gulf and potentially in areas along the Southeastern coastline.