White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is no reason to give up plans to expand offshore drilling.
Gibbs says President Obama continues to believe that the United States needs a comprehensive solution to its energy problems, including expanded domestic production of oil and natural gas.
Gibbs said Friday that Obama believes most energy production can be done safely and without harming the environment. But Gibbs conceded there will sometimes be accidents.
The search continued for 11 workers missing after the explosion late Tuesday on a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast. One of those missing is Sandtown resident, 37-year-old Aaron Dale Burkeen.