August 4th, 2010
11:25 AM ET
12 years ago

President Obama: Gulf spill is 'finally close to coming to an end'

Washington (CNN) - "The long battle to stop the leak and contain the oil" befouling the Gulf of Mexico is at last nearing a finish, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

"We learned overnight that efforts to stop the well through what's called a 'static kill' appear to be working and that a report out today by our scientists shows that the vast majority of spilled oil has been dispersed or removed from the water," the president told the AFL-CIO executive committee at the labor union's meeting in Washington.

"So, the long battle to stop the leak and contain the oil is finally close to coming to an end, and we are very pleased with that," he said.

On the cleanup front, 74 percent of the oil that leaked from the well since the drilling rig sank in April has been collected, has dispersed or has evaporated, according to a government report released Wednesday.

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Updated: 1:35 p.m.

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  1. sharon

    I pray so.
    I also pray the sea floor was not to damaged by the criminal BP.

    If all goes well..............then the AG Holder can go after BP with charges.......correct?

    Mexico is .

    August 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. DENNA

    I truly hope he is right. BP made a huge mistake in not having a plan in place just in case the unthinkable happened. They are a cautionary tale for other oil giants. Joe Barton, thanks for apologizing to them for their own mistake. President Obama was absolutely correct to make them face their responsibilities. Don't the Republicans care anything about non-corporate America?

    August 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    That's worse than Tony Haywards," I want my life back". I hope this is not an indication that the Obama Administration and their partner BP have any thoughts of abandoning the Gulf coast cleanup efforts now that it is able to so conveniently be put on the political back burner.

    August 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. wsuperman

    its really ashame that we don't see this wonderful President as someone to treat with respect even if just for the office he holds.. you might not like some of his polices taxing the rich and protecting the middle class and poor but aleast respect the office he holds

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Get A Grip

    And the left will be giving full credit to Obama in.....5,4,3,2,1

    August 4, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Ron in california

    Thank you for you taking a real interest and the rapid pace that you personnally took to resolve the issue. Not

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The reminders will remain for decades.

    August 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. jim

    Like he did anything to help !!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Riley

    Watch Obama try to claim that he fixed it.

    August 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |