Today marks the one-year anniversary since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
According to a statement released this morning from President Obama, "[n]early 2,000 responders are actively working in the Gulf to aid in the ongoing recovery efforts." The President goes on to state that the administration is monitoring seafood to ensure its safety and is implementing "aggressive new reforms" for offshore oil production. President Obama also touts the fact that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is leading a task force "to coordinate the long-term restoration effort based on input from local scientists, experts, and citizens."
LCV President Gene Karpinski also issued a statement this morning, calling it "highly disappointing" that Congress hasn't taken action in the wake of the oil spill. He goes on to state that "oil companies and their allies in Congress have successfully blocked an effective response to the Gulf Coast catastrophe" and concludes that "[n]ow, more than ever, we must renew our efforts to stand up to corporate polluters and transition toward a cleaner, more secure energy future."