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May 2, 2010 6:56 PM by Letitia Walker

Obama: Leak Could Take Many Days to Stop

VENICE, La. (AP) - No remedy in sight, President Barack Obama on

Sunday warned of a "massive and potentially unprecedented

environmental disaster" as a badly damaged oil well a mile deep in

the Gulf of Mexico spewed a widening and deadly slick toward

delicate wetlands and wildlife. He said it could take many days to

stop.

Obama rushed to southern Louisiana to inspect forces arrayed

against the oil gusher as Cabinet members said the situation was

grave and insisted the administration was doing everything it

could.

Mindful of the political damage suffered by President George W.

Bush for a slow response after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the same

region, Obama defended his administration's actions, saying it had

been preparing for the worst from "day one" even as it had

"hoped for the best."

The president vowed that the administration, while doing all it

could to mitigate the environmental and economic disaster, would

require well-owner BP America to bear all costs.

"BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill,"

Obama, with rain dripping from his face, said in Venice, a Gulf

Coast community serving as a staging area for the response.

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