Obama confirms worst oil spill tragedy in USA

June 2, 2010 | Environment

Barack Obama: must stop oil drill

The most ambitious bid yet to stop the worst oil spill in U.S. history ended in failure Saturday after BP was unable to overwhelm the gusher of crude with heavy fluids and junk.

President Obama called the setback "as enraging as it is heartbreaking." The oil giant immediately began readying its next attempt, using robot submarines to cut the pipe that's gushing oil and cap it with a funnel-like device, but the only guaranteed solution remains more than two months away.

The spill is the worst in U.S. history - exceeding even the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster - Surfrider Foundation estimates that the total amount of oil released is over 45 million gallons.

The Surfrider Foundation is calling on concerned citizens to get involved and send a strong message to President Obama that new offshore drilling is not the answer.

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