The worst oil spill in history continues in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama gave his first national address from the Oval Office Tuesday night to address what’s next in the clean up effort. He’s also said his administration is working to make sure those damaged by the oil spill will receive compensation.
New estimates indicate even more oil is escaping the underwater well than previously thought — up to 60,000 barrels a day. As the disaster unfolds, people and companies from the Northwest are traveling to the region to help deal with the ongoing cleanup. Charlie Hebert, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s only full-time spill response expert, is one of them. He recently returned from the Gulf and says this spill is unlike any he’s ever dealt with, given both its size and continuous nature. Overall, though, he says the clean up is going about as well as could be expected.
What do you think of the government’s and BP’s actions so far? Are you involved in the Gulf oil spill clean up? How do you feel affected by the disaster?
- Charlie Hebert: Spill-response expert at U.S. Fish & Wildlife
- Frank Rotondi: Vice President of sales and marketing for Hotsy Cleaning Equipment, a division of Karcher North America
- Lisa Evans: Organizer with Hands Across the Sand
- Ryan Knutson: Intern reporter with ProPublica