Former US Senator from Florida to co-chair panel on oil spill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House plans to name former Florida
Sen. Bob Graham to co-chair a presidential commission to
investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A person familiar with the decision said Graham would help lead
the commission, which will be similar to panels that investigated
the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster and the nuclear power
plant accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement.

Graham served in the Senate from 1987 to 2005 and previously
served two terms as Florida governor.

The commission's inquiry will range from the causes of the spill
to the safety of offshore oil drilling and the functioning of the
Minerals Management Service, the government agency that grants
drilling rights.


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