Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will detail plans for dealing with the worst oil spill in U.S. history and call for shifting to a clean energy economy when he makes his first Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday night.
The 18-minute speech being televised nationally will describe what happened in the April 20th explosion and fire on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig that led to the gushing well at the ocean's bottom, according to two senior
administration officials who briefed reporters on condition of not being identified by name.
Obama will emphasize the government's containment strategy in conjunction with oil giant BP, which owns the broken well, to capture as much as 90 percent of the leaking oil in coming weeks as workers dig relief wells intended to halt the spill sometime in August, the senior administration officials said.
In addition, Obama will note the unprecedented federal response to the oil disaster and cite BP's responsibility to clean up the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history and pay all damages, the officials said.
However, the officials conceded that negotiations with BP on a BP-funded escrow account to pay for damages are continuing. They said a main sticking point was whether workers who lose their jobs due to the government's six-month moratorium on offshore drilling would be eligible to file damage claims.