President Barack Obama appointed Bob Graham, a former Florida governor and U.S. senator and a public member of the AICPA Board of Directors, as co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
The bipartisan commission is tasked with providing recommendations on preventing and mitigating the impact of any future spills that result from offshore drilling, according to a White House press release. The commission will focus on building necessary environmental and safety precautions into the regulatory framework to ensure that an accident, such as the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and subsequent oil spill off Louisiana’s coast, never happens again.
Graham has been recognized for his leadership on environmental, health care and intelligence issues. He also was a commissioner on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and was chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. He has received The National Park Trust Public Service Award and was named to The Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame.
Former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, also a founding partner of Aqua International Partners LP, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewable energy, and a senior adviser to TPG Capital LP, an international investment partnership, will serve with Graham as co-chair of the commission.
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