Boehner: It Is ‘Clear’ Gulf Oil Spill Was ‘Failure Of Government’

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House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said this morning that the Obama administration should share responsibility with BP for the Gulf Coast oil spill and its cleanup.“Well clearly I think British Petroleum is responsible for this — they and their subcontractors,” Boehner told Fox News. “But it is also clear that this was a failure of government.”

Boehner slammed the Minerals Management Service, the agency tasked with inspecting oil rigs, and accused the administration of withholding information. “We’ve been asking for their inspection report, that apparently occurred just ten days before this explosion happened,” Boehner said. “But yet the administration won’t share that data with us. I think they’re a dual responsibility here. And at this point in time I don’t think either party looks very good.”

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