Friday, April 30

Updates: Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico is a disaster of "national significance," and the government is working to minimize its effect according to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

British oil giant BP, which leases the Deepwater Horizon platform that sank into the ocean last week, should be responsible for the damage, Janet Napolitano said.

Napolitano says with other top officials at a special White house briefing on the oil spill that might cause environmental disaster if not well addressed, "As the president and the law made clear, BP is the responsible party. It is required to fund the cost of the response and clean- up operations."

President Barack Obama received a 20-minute update on the spill at his daily briefing in the Oval Office as told to reporters from White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs added "We will use all available resources, possibly including those at the Department of Defense."

State of emergency was declared by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal due to the oil spill that could be disastrous for the state's coastal environment and fisheries industry. This declaration enables the state to ask for more federal aid and mobilize state resources to better prepare for the potential catastrophe.

There are about 5,000 barrels of oil is spilling from the rig into the Gulf of Mexico a day -- five times BP's earlier estimate, according to the Coast Guard.
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