Deepwater Horizon: Obama addresses Gulf oil spill

US President Barack Obama says the focus of the response to the oil spill following the explosion and sinking of Transocean’s Deep Horizon semisubmersible drilling rig is “on a fully coordinated, relentless response effort to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the Gulf.”

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NEW ORLEANS -- US President Barack Obama says the focus of the response to the oil spill following the explosion and sinking of Transocean’s Deep Horizon semisubmersible drilling rig is “on a fully coordinated, relentless response effort to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the Gulf.”

Speaking during a tour of the Louisiana coast, Obama said, “Currently, the most advanced technology available is being used to try and stop a leak that is more than 5,000 ft (1,524 m) under the surface. Because this leak is unique and unprecedented, it could take many days to stop. That's why we're also using every resource available to stop the oil from coming ashore and mitigating the damage it could cause. And much of the discussion here at the center was focused on if we, and when we have to deal with these mitigation efforts.”

He said an investigation of the events leading to the spill and to hold the responsible parties accountable will come later.

He also noted that the weather presented problems, but that the work would continue to push forward.

5/3/2010

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