President Obama has aggressively defended the administration’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, rejecting critics’ claims that the Federal government has been sitting on the "sidelines" during the recovery period.
"The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the Federal government has been in charge of the response effort," he said. "BP is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance."
Obama indicated that BP will be held fully accountable for the cleanup efforts, noting that the oil giant will pay "every dime" for the devastation that the spill has caused local communities. He also confirmed that he will extend the moratorium on offshore drilling for another six months.
Meanwhile, a scientific team of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported last week that the initial oil flow into the Gulf is now being estimated at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels per day, according to ABC News. Earlier BP and the United States Coast Guard approximated a 5,000 barrel-per-day loss.