The Department of Homeland Security has announced the government will assume control of the joint website between BP and various organizations in charge of providing information about the BP oil spill and recovery.
The website has been jointly owned and updated since the spill occurred in March. Once it switches to dot-gov, instead of dot-com, the government will be able to police the content posted. BP is also funding the website and may be required to continue doing so after the site is moved.
DHS, which has no current connection to the site, said it wanted to create more transparency, according to AP reporter Harry R. Weber:
The Department of Homeland Security wants a one-stop shop for information that is completely overseen by the government as it settles into the long-haul of dealing with the response to the disaster. The U.S. Coast Guard falls under Homeland Security's authority. BP and the federal government are part of a unified command that is working together to try to contain the oil gusher, but the government has been directing BP at every turn. A DHS spokesman told The Associated Press on Sunday that the joint relationship won't change when the website is given a dot-gov address instead of a dot-com address. But who can post information to the site would change. Details are still being worked out. The spokesman, Sean Smith, said the government wants to be as transparent as possible and increase Americans' access to information.