An excellent conference with the President taking full responsibility for the response to, and clean up of, the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
12:50 P.M. EDT, THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody.
Before I take your questions, I want to update the American people on the status of the BP oil spill, a catastrophe that is causing tremendous hardship in the Gulf Coast, damaging a precious ecosystem, and one that led to the death of 11 workers who lost their lives in the initial explosion.
Yesterday the federal government gave BP approval to move forward with a procedure known as a top kill, to try to stop the leak. This involves plugging the well with densely packed mud to prevent any more oil from escaping. And given the complexity of this procedure and the depth of the leak, this procedure offers no guarantee of success; but we're exploring any reasonable strategies to try and save the Gulf from a spill that may otherwise last until the relief wells are finished, and that's a process that could take months.