May 3rd, 2010
09:58 AM ET
10 years ago

U.S. battles Gulf oil spill on three fronts

(CNN) - The battle against a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is being waged on three fronts, United States Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.
"One is to cap the well" that is leaking the oil, she said. "Efforts to do that have not succeeded to date."

Authorities are also trying to keep the slick from reaching land, and preparing to clean it up immediately if it does make landfall, she said on CNN's American Morning.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Robert

    The gulf states are the same ones that chanted drill baby drill and also want minimal government involvement in their lives. I say, let them have it.

    May 3, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Accountability In American Society

    I'm sure Republican Governors ...

    Haley Barbour of Mississippi
    "Bobby" [can't pronounce his real name] Jindal of Louisiana
    Bob Riley of Alabama
    Charlie Crist of Florida

    will not be looking for any Washington DC originated help to combat this disaster. Afterall, that's BIG GOVERNMENT and they don't support that.

    I'm sure Republican voters will hold Republican politicians responsible for the impact of this spill on the economy and the environment. Afterall, just about every Republican (Paliln, McCain, Romeny, Huckabee, Guiliani, Jindal) were shouting DRILL-BABY-DRILL just 18 months ago.

    I'm sure Republicans in Congress and the Senate will hold their Corporate Partner [BIG OIL] responsible for the cost of remediating this catastrophy.

    May 3, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Dano

    So much for the "Drill, baby, Drill" people's arguments about how safe extracting oil ffom the Gulf has become. This spill will be more costly to clean up and will cause more ecological destruction than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. It's been over 20 years since that disaster and they still haven't got the oil cleaned up yet. Florida fishermen and Louisianna shrimpers, you may as well say goodye to your livelihoods for the rest of your lifetimes unless Americans develope a taste for brown, pertoleum flavored seafood!

    May 3, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Thank goodness those two clowns who said "DRILL, BABY, DRILL"! did not get elected. Seriously, what a dumb campain slogan! Mike Akron

    May 3, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. jeff jackson, alabama

    I've got a question.
    How many of our FOREIGN NATION
    FRIENDS, that so many of you are
    concerned with, have offered our gulf
    area any help ???

    May 3, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Brenda


    Maybe Obama and Napolitano should have started doing something a week ago--then the damage/catastrophe would not be as bad as it is now.

    And, just think--these are the people who are in charge of the safety/security of our country in regard to terrorists.

    May 3, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Cosmo

    This is just another example of how the out of control government is trying to take over the lives and rights of free Americans. As stated in the Constitution, citizens have an absolute right to be abused and tread upon by people and corporations with more money and power and the government should stay out of it. We all know that the company responsible for this, BP, will do the right thing by cleaning up the Gulf and compensating those whose businesses are ruined by this unfortunate by-product of our right to use fossil fuels until the last gallon of gasoline. God Bless America.

    May 3, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. mj

    I love how the same people that chastise Bush responding 2 days late to Katrina, put the slow Fed. response of this Admin squarely on BP. Guess what folks? It is the Fed. responsibility to make sure there is no oil spill and there are mandated steps to take if there is even the smallest. See the NCP act. The fact is Obama is claiming he took BP at their word as the excuse. Really? The same oil company he disparage and demean during his campaigning of making too much profits and raising prices? He trusted them?

    It took the Fed Govt over a week to finally send someone to assess AFTER they saw the leak. That is unacceptable!
    But I enjoy the selective outrage. Such hypocrites. LOL!

    May 3, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. A True Centrist

    Let's be honest, this administration's inability to quickly and effectively respond to the oil spill is about as bad as the Bush's inability to quickly and effectively respond to Katrina.

    And why these failures...because of the American people's inability to vote someone into office who can actually lead. A Manchurian candidate isn't going to cut it when real solutions are needed for real problems.

    May 3, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. LoAnn Nelson

    All I can say is WOW!!!!
    And at what cost?
    I know for a fact being an Alaskan and going through the Exxon Valdez spill That you can not clean up the oil after it hits land, I dont care who is waiting there to recover the mass black tar....Alaskan waters will never be the same and if you turn up a rock or dig on shore you will find oil. Our Government and the oil industrie MUST be honest to US THE PEOPLE about the devistation we are facing with this OIL $pill.
    And I havent even seen a picture of it, having no TV and I do not buy newspapers. And we wonder why MOTHER NATURE IS PISSED OFF???

    May 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |