Obama Says Largest Response Underway in Gulf
    2010-06-15 05:41:53     Xinhua      Web Editor: Liu Donghui
 
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said the largest environment response of the government is underway to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, assuring the local communities that normalcy will return, and vowing to keep sea food from the Gulf safe for consumption.

In a speech delivered in Theodore, Alabama after touring the Gulf region, Obama said "the full resources of our government are being mobilized to confront this disaster," which is already the largest of its kind the country has ever faced.

He said the government will step up its inspections and monitoring efforts to help ensure sea food industry in the Gulf Coast has proper certification it needs to sell its products.

Pronouncing the sea food there is safe for consumption, Obama said the government will make effort to "make sure it stays that way."

"Folks are going to be frustrated and some folks are going to be angry. But I promise you this: things are going to return to normal," said Obama.

Obama also urged BP to act faster, and more aggressively on the devastating oil spill, the largest environment disaster in U.S. history, saying he hoped to have an agreement with BP on setting up an escrow account for victims by Wednesday.

Obama is to meet in the White House with BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg on Wednesday, and he said he hopes "by the time the chairman and I meet on Wednesday that we've made sufficient progress that we can start actually seeing a structure that would be in place."

"We have begun preliminary conversations about how to restructure a mechanism so that the legitimate claims that are going to be presented not just tomorrow, not just next week, but over the coming months are dealt with justly, fairly, promptly," Obama said.

Obama toured Mississippi in the morning. After Alabama, he is to finish the day in Florida, and spend the night there. This is his fourth visit to the Gulf since the beginning of the disaster.

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