Nelson calls for Interior investigation into offshore drilling practices

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to investigate offshore drilling practices after a massive oil fire this week on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico left 11 workers missing and thought dead.

Nelson, a critic of expanding offshore access to oil and gas companies, called the explosion a “sobering reminder of some of the real dangers and risks from oil drilling.”

Nelson wants Salazar to review worker safety and other industry practices over the past decade. He also plans to request the Senate Commerce Committee examine the industry too.