April 30th, 2010
08:18 PM ET
13 years ago

Jackson says EPA preparing for the worst

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/30/art.jackson.jpg
caption="EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said Friday there is a chance that workers will be able to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico."](CNN) - EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said Friday there is a chance that workers will be able to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, but warned that the EPA is preparing for the worst.

"There is still the opportunity and the possibility that they would be able to shut it down," Jackson told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "Of course as responders we have to look at the worst case, and keep planning for that."

Jackson's comments come as the federal government is ramping up the pressure on BP to do more to stop well leaks gushing thousands of barrels of oil into waters off Louisiana. The government is also pushing BP to beef up its response as a giant oil slick approaches the Louisiana coast.

In the interview on CNN’s John King USA that aired Friday, Jackson responded to questions about the level of trust the Obama administration had in BP immediately following the April 20 oil rig explosion that also resulted in 11 presumed deaths.

"I don't think it was ever a question of trust in the company, I think it was a question of responding to the set of facts as we came to understand them,” Jackson said. “The situation has certainly worsened. It began as a human tragedy, it is now what I think is an environmental challenge of the highest order."

In the interview, Jackson echoed comments made earlier in the day by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, insisting that BP will be held responsible.

"Every person that has met with BP, every federal official has made it absolutely clear that under the current laws, they are the responsible entity, and they are supposed be out doing everything they can, everything we instruct them to do."

Read more about the oil spill here.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. E. Elliott

    I want to hear Cariboo Barbie shout drill, baby, drill now. This is why there has been a ban for so long. I think maybe we could try for natural gas there, but this will be a disaster that we knew was comming. Next the same group that joined the drill chant will claim that since the gulf is dead, there is no longer a need to protect the asset. Just watch it happen.

    April 30, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. John

    Anybody want to guess what Halliburton is going to do with this mess they created in the gulf?

    They did move their headquarters out of the country and I'm guessing they stick the taxpayers with the bill for their oil spill – how do you like that tea partiers?

    April 30, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Jay T.

    "Spill, baby, spill." And, still the pawns on the Right will fall right behind the oil moguls and spin this mess.

    April 30, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |

    Holding out hope for that only means you are eat up with the dumb butt just like your boss OBAMA.

    April 30, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    this is what the enviornmentalist have been concerned about. You don't have to be a tree hugger to see the danger in off shore drilling. I know we need oil and President Obama said he would not rule out drilling even before elected. But he also said we need to be looking at alternative energy. You repos need to get on board and help with this instead of talking like this was the presidents fault.

    April 30, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Tracy

    Don't hold your breath waiting for Obama to show up.

    April 30, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Greg Hodges

    Anyone who thinks that there is a way to stop this toxic nightmare is dreaming. The Exxon Valdez disaster over 20 years ago should have been the wake-up call to anybody with half a brain; but instead we are forced to listen to the village idiots in the G.O.P. chanting "Drill,baby, Drill." Wildlife in Alaska are still showing signs of contaminating oil in their system 2 decades after that disaster, but don`t confuse them with the facts. As usual society is draged kicking and screaming into the future of getting off oil addiction, by necessity and never by intelligent planning. This planet is doomed if I.Q.`s don`t improve quickly. We have met the enemy; and HE IS US !!!

    April 30, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Aaron

    Where are all of the politicians who INSISTED that offshore drilling was the way to go???? Cat got their tongues right now apparently. The idiots obviously didn't believe that the 1969 Santa Barbara spill actually happened. Then, the biggest idiot of all...or close to it...Palin....insists last week that it is safe, drill, baby, drill. Cat got that moron's tongue bigtime THIS week. Unforts, Obama didn't develop a backbone to stand up to these fanatics under all he ordered that offshore drilling ban be lifted. Who to blame come November?...the whole of lot of them. How many of us will remember the destruction of the Gulf Coast come November...very, very few unfortunately.

    May 1, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. Darryl M

    It is time to engage the United States Navy to drop a bomb in Seal the Well. from the Ocean floor. Blowup the whole cause it to seal itself...

    Bunker Buster the United States Navy can fix this problem.... If it's to much for BP and the US Cost Guard.. Just Call the United States Navy.

    May 1, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  10. Dixon

    Drill baby Drill... Who needs food and jobs from the gulf coast anyway. I am guessing we will pay this bill too. It just doesn't seem worth it for the little bit we get towards our dependence on foreign oil. I wonder how many rigs would be leaking on the other coasts had McCain been elected.

    May 1, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. dave

    BP has been incredibly irresponsible. Simply put-Don't buy BP!

    May 1, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |