The Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster. It’s implications could be devastating: in the damages it could impose on the region’s economy, and in terms of the scars it will impress upon the Gulf states’ ecology. For the citizens of the Gulf, the BP Oil Spill has jeopardized the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who live throughout the region, and participate in the far-reaching exchange of its industries.
The President has been clear from the beginning: his Administration will not rest until the leak is contained and cleaned up and we will aggressively pursue full compensation for damages from BP and other responsible parties. That is why, this morning, the President sent a legislative package to Congress that will enable the BP Oil Spill response to continue expeditiously, speed assistance to people affected by this spill, and strengthen and update the oil spill liability system to better address catastrophic events. And while the President’s proposal will ask for additional funds in some cases, the federal government will not relent in pursuing full compensation for the expenses it has incurred, and for damage caused by the spill.
The Gulf Coast is one of our planet’s richest and most precious ecosystems. Its richness comes not just from its economic importance, but also its refuge to this nation’s natural wealth – our coral reefs, seashores, and unique wildlife that have drawn millions of tourists to the region and supported a vibrant commercial and recreational fishery over generations. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect this treasure, to rebuild what has been destroyed, and to seek compensation from those responsible.
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Carol Browner is Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change