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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee, released this statement following the release of a presidential investigating panel's report on the BP oil spill:

“This disturbing report is a clear signal to Congress, the Administration, and industry leaders that the status quo won’t do. It states clearly that the 11 deaths and massive gulf oil spill were preventable, and could be repeated without immediate action. It is also a call to action to improve regulatory agencies that for too long have been underfunded, understaffed, and unprepared to oversee this highly complex industry.

“Keeping our economy moving means keeping workers on the job. And to do that we have to ensure a safe and secure workplace. Unfortunately, this report reveals that threats to worker safety were not isolated to a small number of “rogue” companies, but are widespread and commonplace within the oil and gas industry. This is simply unacceptable.

“I believe that it’s time for industry to step up and take more of a leadership role in safety, but I also believe that this can only be done in concert with a stronger, unified regulatory system that ensures accountability and balance. I will continue to fight to improve safety and reform the regulatory environment in the oil and gas industry.”