Edwards Discusses Gulf Oil Disaster, Big 12 Drama

Dramas in the Gulf of Mexico and college athletics were discussed by District 17's representative in the U.S. House Wednesday on Brazos Valley This Morning.

Rep. Chet Edwards said time will tell what mistake had been made by British Petroleum and the Obama administration with regards to the massive oil gusher in the gulf,

"I don't trust what BP says," the District 17 Democrat said. "I think they've been a bad actor in this process, and ultimately, I hope there will be a complete criminal investigation of what they've done. I've heard a number of stories about them having cut safety corners, and I think that's what we're going to find."

Edwards also says he signed a letter stating BP should not be passing out dividend payments and spending money on advertisements until it can be shown that they have the money to get the region cleaned up. He also called for immediate inspections of all deep-water wells.

On the topic of the Big 12 and whether that collegiate athletics conference will stay together, Edwards said the decision won't be made in Washington, and that he doesn't have any insight as to what may or may not happen. However, as the representative of two of the 12 schools in the conference, he is keeping an eye on it.

"I hope that the Texas schools involved in the present Big 12 will have the opportunity to stay together," Edwards said. "If that is in the Big 12, that would be good. If it happens to be in another conference, I think that would be positive. My hope is that if there's a choice between Colorado versus Baylor staying in conference with A&M and Texas, I certainly hope it would be Baylor, a Texas school, rather than Colorado, and I think there are a lot of reasons you could argue for that."

The complete interview is available in the video player above. Edwards also discusses his recent vote against a House bill repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

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