WPR News
6:21 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Sen. Barrasso spars with Sec. Salazar over drilling

Laramie, WY – Wyoming U-S Senator John Barrasso accused federal officials of being unprepared in how to handle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and of being slow to react to it. Barrasso made his comments while questioning Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar during a U-S Senate hearing on the spill. But Salazar told Barrasso that his assertion that the administration waited too long was not true and that finding a solution to such a unique disaster takes time. But Salazar also suggested that constant critisim is not productive
"I would hope that one of the things that can happen with this kind of national tragedy and national incident is that people can come together as opposed to doing a blame game. And figuring out how first we fix this problem and secondly how we make sure that it never happens again. And I very much look forward to working with you on that."
Salazar told Barrasso that this type of incident is why his agency is proposing stronger regulations for both on and off shore drilling. Regulations that Barrasso opposed.