Gulf Oil Spill 2010: President Obama Announces Control

President Obama: “I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down.”


The President also pointed out how the disaster uncovered the very comfortable relationship between the offshore oil industry and those in charge of supervising it.

The oil spill is now in its sixth week; the amount of oil released from the Deepwater Horizon well has now surpassed the amount released during the Exxon-Valdez disaster.

The hesitation of Obama to take the reins of this situation shows his concern with failure. If the U.S. Government takes over the recovery operation and fails, it will be a historically marked failure for Obama and his administration.

Unfortunately for the President, BP proved they are not capable of handling such a massive problem. They have made efforts, but none that showed any signs of serious pre-meditation and consideration.

An example of the administration’s involvement, according to The Huffington Post, is the two relief wells that will be drilled to stop the leak in a matter of months. While BP wanted to simply drill one well, the Obama Administration told them they would be drilling two.

The Services Director of the Minerals Management Service, Elizabeth Birnbaum, resigned on Thursday. 

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