The Gulf Oil Spill

Members of the Senate environment committee on Monday asked Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Senator Bernie Sanders signed the letter calling for a probe into whether the petroleum giant BP made false or misleading statements regarding its ability to respond to oil spills.  Meanwhile, the environment and energy committees on Tuesday will hold back-to-back hearings on the federal response to the spill. Sanders sits on both panels. On the eve of the hearings, it was reported that the top Interior Department official who oversees offshore oil and gas drilling will retire. Looking forward, Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “If there is a silver lining, I hope it is that the American people and Congress understand not only that we`ve got to terminate offshore oil drilling, but that we have to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels into energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”

To read the letter to the attorney general, click here.

To read The Washington Post article on the departure of the top official in charge of offshore drilling, click here.

To watch the interview on Rachel Maddow, click here.

To see a “60 Minutes” interview with a worker who survived the April 20 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, click here.