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In wake of explosion, Bill Nelson asks for spill probe

Bill Nelson, "a central figure in recent years in the national debate over offshore oil drilling," his office notes, has written to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking for an investigation and report into all U.S. drilling accidents over at least the past decade. 

Nelson also wants a congressional investigation by the Senate Commerce Committee on which he serves and which oversees two agencies with key roles in oil spill cases – the U.S. Coast Guard and National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.

While calling for the probe of industry safety practices, Nelson's office says the priority needs to be the Coast Guard’s search and rescue effort for the 11 missing workers in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and containing the oil spill from the rig that reportedly is 10 miles wide.

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