Presidential Papers, April 2011

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Author: Barack H. Obama  | Date: April 20, 2011

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Statement on the First Anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
April 20, 2011

One year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded, killing 11 men and ultimately releasing an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. That catastrophic event deeply affected the lives of millions of Americans, from local fishermen to restaurant and hotel owners and small businesses throughout the region. From the beginning, my administration brought every available resource to bear, amassing the largest oil spill response in our Nation’s history. At the height of the response, approximately 48,000 men and women worked tirelessly to mitigate the worst impacts of the spill. While we’ve made significant progress, the job isn’t done.

Nearly 2,000 responders are actively working in the Gulf to aid in the ongoing recovery efforts. We continue to hold BP and other responsible parties fully accountable for the damage they’ve done and the painful losses that they’ve caused. We’re monitoring seafood to ensure its continued safety and implementing aggressive new reforms for offshore oil production in the Gulf so that we can safely and responsibly expand development of our own energy resources. And EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is leading a task force to coordinate the long-term restoration effort based on input from local scientists, experts, and citizens.

The events that unfolded on April 20, 2010, and the oil spill that followed underscores the critical link between the environment and economic health of the Gulf. My administration is committed to doing whatever is necessary to protect and restore the Gulf Coast. Today we remember the 11 lives lost as a result of this tragic event and thank the thousands of responders who worked to mitigate this disaster. But we also keep a watchful eye on the continuing and important work required to ensure that the Gulf Coast recovers stronger than before.

            

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Chicago: Barack H. Obama, "Statement on the First Anniversary of the Bp Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill April 20, 2011," Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] in Barack H. Obama, United States. Executive Office of the President, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011) (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011), Original Sources, accessed April 26, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA7S6DW4Z53PP62.

MLA: Obama, Barack H. "Statement on the First Anniversary of the Bp Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill April 20, 2011." Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011], in Barack H. Obama, United States. Executive Office of the President, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011), Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011, Original Sources. 26 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA7S6DW4Z53PP62.

Harvard: Obama, BH, 'Statement on the First Anniversary of the Bp Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill April 20, 2011' in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011]. cited in 2011, Barack H. Obama, United States. Executive Office of the President, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for April 2011] (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.. Original Sources, retrieved 26 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA7S6DW4Z53PP62.