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Protecting the Health of Those in the Gulf – Huffington Post (blog) 0

Posted on September 01, 2010 by bp complaints
Protecting the Health of Those in the Gulf
Huffington Post (blog)
For most Americans, the Gulf Oil Spill is something that we have been following in the news and have been complaining or praying about with our coworkers
More visitors to NC coastsThe Daily Tar Heel
Advice from health experts: Reminders that oil, water, seafood don't mixFlorida Times-Union
Guest commentary: The Oil Spill in the Gulf: The Media and the FactsNaples Daily News

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PHOTO RELEASE: Governor Jindal Tours Sand Berms Protecting Louisiana?s Coast from Oil 0

Posted on July 15, 2010 by bp complaints

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Protecting Wild Dolphins During the Gulf Oil Spill 0

Posted on July 08, 2010 by bp complaints

Recent Updates for Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill | Deepwater Horizon Response

Protecting New Mexico’s Lands and Reviewing Drilling Safety Measures 0

Posted on June 26, 2010 by bp complaints

US Senator Jeff Bingaman discusses the fourth Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, as well as two significant pieces of legislation that would protect land within New Mexico.

Protecting the Gulf for Our Grand Children 1

Posted on June 15, 2010 by bp complaints
President and Thad Allen in Gulfport, Mississippi

President Barack Obama, joined by Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, delivers remarks following a briefing at Coast Guard Station Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss.

Today, President Obama travelled to the Gulf Coast region for the fourth time since the BP oil spill began in April.  The President began his trip in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he met with National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and local officials to discuss efforts to fight the BP oil spill.  Later, the President had lunch with business owners in Gulfport, Mississippi, to discuss the impact the oil spill is having on tourism, fishing and other industries in the region. 

Later in the afternoon the President travelled to Theodore, Alabama where he met with state and local officials and toured one of the 16 staging locations throughout the region that provide support for the ongoing cleanup efforts. The President delivered remarks in Theodore before boarding a ferry to Ft. Morgan, Alabama.  The President began his remarks by assuring residents of the Gulf Coast region that their way of live would be preserved for future generations: 

Now, what I’ve heard from a number of local officials during my trip today is what I’ve heard from folks on each of the four visits that I’ve made to this region since the Deepwater Horizon explosion happened in April.  There’s a sense that this disaster is not only threatening our fishermen and our shrimpers and our oystermen, not only affecting potentially precious marshes and wetlands and estuaries and waters that are part of what makes the Gulf Coast so special — there’s also a fear that it can have a long-term impact on a way of life that has been passed on for generations.

And I understand that fear.  The leaders and the officials who are with me understand it.  Governor Riley understands it.  He has been a regular presence on our daily coordinating calls, and a relentless advocate for Alabama throughout this process.  And we are absolutely committed to working with him and all the local officials who are behind us to do everything in our power to protect the Gulf way of life so that it’s there for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.

President Obama and workers in Theodore Staging Facility

President Barack Obama talks with workers at an oil containment boom repair facility as he tours the Theodore Staging Facility in Theodore, Ala., June 14, 2010.

The President also addressed concerns about the safety of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico:  

Dealing with the aftermath of this spill also means protecting the health and safety of the folks who live and work here in Theodore, here in Alabama, and here on the Gulf Coast.  As part of this effort, I’m announcing a comprehensive, coordinated, and multi-agency initiative to ensure that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat.  Now, I had some of that seafood for lunch and it was delicious.  But we want to make sure that the food industry down here as much as possible is getting the protect — the protection and the certification that they need to continue their businesses.  So this is important for consumers who need to know that their food is safe, but it’s also important for the fishermen and processors, who need to be able to sell their products with confidence.

So, let me be clear:  Seafood from the Gulf today is safe to eat.  But we need to make sure that it stays that way.  And that’s why, beyond closing off waters that have been or are likely to be exposed to oil, the FDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are increasing inspections of seafood processors, strengthening surveillance programs, and monitoring fish that are caught just outside of restricted areas.  And we’re also coordinating our efforts with the states, which are implementing similar plans.

The President concluded his remarks by assuring the residents of the Gulf Coast region that the Administration would not rest until their lives and livelihoods had been returned to normal.

Now, I can’t promise folks here in Theodore or across the Gulf Coast that the oil will be cleaned up overnight.  It will not be.  It’s going to take time for things to return to normal.  There’s going to be a harmful effect on many local businesses and it’s going to be painful for a lot of folks.  Folks are going to be frustrated and some folks are going to be angry.  But I promise you this:  that things are going to return to normal.  This region that’s known a lot of hardship will bounce back, just like it’s bounced back before.  We are going to do everything we can, 24/7, to make sure that communities get back on their feet.  And in the end, I am confident that we’re going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before.

President Obama aboard ferry to Ft. Morgan

President Barack Obama, third from left, rides a ferry from Dauphin Island, Ala., to Fort Morgan, Ala., past a natural gas rig, as he visits the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, June 14, 2010. From left, National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen, Mayor of Dauphin Island, Al., Jeff Collier; President Obama, Mayor of Gulf Shores, Al., Robert Craft, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley; and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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Governor Jindal Highlights Local Leadership in Protecting Coast 0

Posted on May 04, 2010 by bp complaints

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