Timeline For Obama's Response To BP oil Spill

There are people out there that want you to believe President Obama has not responded at all or responded slowly to the BP oil spill but here is the actual researched timeline showing Obama and his department leaders response to the spill:

On April 20, 2010, at about 10 p.m., an explosion occurred on the
Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. There were 126
people on board at the time. Fifteen of those were injured and eleven
died. The Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean Ltd., was under
contract with BP to drill an exploratory well. BP was the lessee of the
area in which the rig was operating. At the time of the explosion, BP
and Transocean were in the process of temporarily closing the well, in
anticipation of returning it to commercial production. Another company,
Halliburton, had completed some cementing of casings in the well less
than 24 hours prior to the accident. The Coast Guard responded to the
explosion and fire.

The next day, on April 21,
2010, pursuant to the National Contingency Plan, the Administration
named Rear Admiral Mary Landry as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator. A
regional response team was established, including representatives of the
Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of
Commerce (DOC)/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), as well as state and local representatives. The regional
response team began developing plans, providing technical advice and
access to resources and equipment from its member agencies, and
overseeing BP’s response.

On April 22, 2010, a
second explosion caused the Deepwater Horizon to sink into the Gulf of
Mexico at 10:22 a.m., taking with it a riser pipe which remained
attached to the blowout preventer. The riser pipe, which normally goes
from the wellhead to the drilling ship, broke as the Deepwater Horizon

On April 24, 2010, remotely operated
vehicles (ROVs) inspected the capsized rig on the sea floor and found
two oil leaks from the well pipe along the sea floor (at a depth of
approximately 5,000 feet). The initial estimate was that up to 1,000
barrels of oil a day could be leaking into the water. This estimate was
later revised to be at least 5,000 barrels per day.

April 27, 2010, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed an order establishing the
next steps for a joint investigation, currently underway, into the
causes of the explosion. The joint investigation will have the power to
issue subpoenas, hold public hearings, call witnesses, and take other
steps needed to determine the cause of the incident.

April 29, 2010, Secretary Napolitano declared the incident to be a
“spill of national significance,” enabling the appointment of a national
incident commander to coordinate response resources at the national

On April 30, 2010, Secretary of Defense
Robert M. Gates mobilized the Louisiana National Guard to help in the
ongoing efforts to assist local communities in the cleanup and removal
of oil and to protect critical habitats from contamination.
May 1, 2010, Secretary Napolitano named U.S. Coast Guard Commandant
Admiral Thad Allen the National Incident Commander for the
Administration's continued, coordinated response.

May 2, 2010, BP began drilling the first deep-water intercept relief
well, which is located a half-mile from the Macondo well, at a depth of
roughly 5,000 feet. This well will attempt to intercept the existing
wellbore at approximately 16,000 feet below the sea floor. BP estimates
this process will take at least 90 days.

On May 4,
2010, the Pentagon approved the federal mobilization of up to 17,500
National Guard troops to help various states with the oil spill (up to
6,000 by Louisiana, 3,000 by Alabama, 2,500 by Florida and 6,000 by
On May 5, BP announced that it had
stopped the flow of oil from one of the three existing leak points on
the damaged oil well and riser in the Gulf of Mexico, although this
action did not change the overall rate of the leak. BP made plans to
deploy the cofferdam, a 125-ton, 14’ x 24’ x 40’ structure to be set
over the end of the riser.

On May 7, 2010, NOAA
modified and expanded the boundaries of the closed fishing area to
better reflect the current location of the oil spill. After having
deployed test applications of subsea dispersants, EPA halted subsea
dispersant operations, awaiting additional test results. Secretary
Salazar announced that no applications for new drilling permits would go
forward for any new offshore drilling activity until the Department of
the Interior completes the safety review requested by President Obama.

May 8, 2010, BP announced that while lowering the cofferdam over the
riser, an excess of hydrate crystals formed inside the dome, preventing
the dome from being successfully placed over the leaking riser. The dome
remains on the sea floor while BP evaluates current conditions.

May 11, 2010, Secretary Salazar announced that he would restructure the
Minerals Management Service in order to establish a separate and
independent safety and environmental enforcement entity. Secretary
Salazar also announced that the Administration would seek additional
resources for federal inspectors, request an independent, technical
investigation of the causes of the Deepwater Horizon spill from the
National Academy of Engineers, and request expanded authority to review
explorations plans.

On May 12, 2010, Department of
Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu traveled to Houston to participate in
meetings with DOE and national lab staff, industry officials and other
engineers and scientists involved in finding solutions to cap the flow
of oil and contain the spill.

On May 14, 2010,
President Obama announced that he had ordered Secretary Salazar to
conduct a “top to bottom” review of the Minerals Management Service.

May 15, 2010, Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Salazar sent a letter
to BP CEO Tony Hayward reiterating that as a responsible party for this
event, BP is accountable to the American public for the full costs of
the cleanup of the spill and all economic losses related to the spill.

May 16, 2010, a riser insertion tube tool (RITT) was successfully
tested and inserted into the leaking riser, capturing some oil and gas.
BP estimates that it is currently capturing slightly more than 2,000
barrels per day, but that amount varies greatly day to day.

May 17, 2010, a second drill rig, Transocean’s Development Driller II,
began drilling a second relief well.

On May 19,
2010, Secretary Salazar signed a secretarial order leading to the
fundamental restructuring of the Minerals Management Service and the
division of its three missions into separate entities for leasing,
safety and revenue collection, with independent missions to strengthen
oversight of offshore energy operations.
In addition, Energy
and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey requested that BP
immediately make publicly available its live video feed of leak points
and undersea activities.

On May 20, 2010,
Secretary Napolitano announced that Admiral Allen would remain as
national incident commander for the Administration’s continued,
coordinated response to the spill, even after stepping down from his
post as Coast Guard Commandant.
In addition,
Secretary Napolitano and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent a letter to
BP CEO Tony Hayward stressing the agency’s expectation that BP conduct
all actions in a transparent manner, with all data and information
related to the spill readily available to the federal government and the
The EPA also issued a directive requiring
BP to identify and use a less toxic and more effective dispersant from
the list of EPA-authorized dispersants. The directive required BP to
identify a less toxic alternative – to be used both on the surface and
under the water at the source of the oil leak – within 24 hours, and to
begin using the less toxic dispersant within 72 hours of submitting the
The Energy and Commerce Committee
posted a live feed of the underwater leak at its source, which was made
available by BP following Chairman Markey’s request.

May 22, 2010, President Obama signed an executive order establishing
the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
and Offshore Drilling, with former Florida Governor and former Senator
Bob Graham, and former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, serving as
co-chairs. The commission is tasked with providing recommendations on
how to prevent, and mitigate the impact of, any future spills that
result from offshore drilling.

By May 23, 2010,
more than 1.73 million feet of containment boom and 730,000 feet of
sorbent boom had been deployed to contain the spill. Approximately 10.2
million gallons of an oil-water mix had been recovered. Approximately
785,000 gallons of total dispersant had been deployed, 685,000 on the
surface and 100,000 underwater.
As of May 24,
2010, approximately 65.6 miles of Louisiana shoreline have been impacted
by oil.
In addition, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke
declared a fisheries disaster for commercial and recreational fisheries
in the Gulf of Mexico, as a result of the ongoing impacts of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill. NOAA has closed portions of the Gulf of
Mexico to fishing based on the trajectory of the spill since May 2,
2010. The fisheries closure currently encompasses 19 percent of federal
waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is an ongoing timeline and will be updated
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  • Bastion 2010/06/17 12:56:10
    Thank you for the hard work. It won't make any difference, though. The cons have long ago abandoned reason and thought. They choose ignorance and mindlessness. I see no solution for the evil they have created by choosing to be liars, lying to themselves and everyone they talk to, as a chosen tactic. It is the greatest danger our country and the world has faced in centuries - the cult of absolute ignorance.
  • BrainTrust 2010/06/17 04:15:44
    Sorry, Ex. Obama can't do anything right. You're just making that sh*t up. Stop spreading your so-called "facts". Obama's worse than Hitler and can't possibly be doing anything other than working his @ss off to destroy this country.

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  • StarkartZurich 2010/06/16 12:04:49
    Thanks for the Infos! Keep it up.
  • funtime 2010/06/14 23:47:55
    Man you have done a better job than the media....you certainly have all your ducks in order....good job.
  • flaca BN-0 2010/06/14 23:25:34
    flaca BN-0
    thanks. keep up the good work.

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