Obama to Make Third Trip to Gulf Coast on Friday
    2010-06-04 04:23:54     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhao
 

U.S. President Barack Obama will make his third trip to the Gulf of Mexico region Friday "to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill," the White House said Thursday.

"President Barack Obama will return to the Louisiana Gulf Coast to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill," the White House said in a statement.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, owned by Transocean and leased by BP, sank April 22 some 52 km off Venice, Louisiana, after burning for roughly 36 hours. The untapped wellhead continues gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The White House has called the spill the biggest environmental disaster that the country has ever faced.

With the oil continuing to come ashore, criticism of the spill response mounted. Obama has come under pressure to show that his administration is in charge of the effort to contain and stop the spill.

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