President Obama took his second trip to Louisiana to get a first hand look at what is turning into one of the worst oil spills in US history.
He also attended a variety of meetings regarding plans to clean up the oil and stop the oil spill.
The recent "Top Kill" procedure ended up failing, and thousands of gallons of oil are continuing to pour into the ocean on a daily basis.
President Obama attended a press meeting with National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and LaFourche Parish President Charlotte Randol about the clean up efforts on the Louisiana shore. The group also went over strategies designed to stop the flow of oil from the broken pipes in the ocean.
The officials in Louisiana are using clean up booms to reduce the oil in the water but the president asserted that stopping the month long leak is the primary concern.
“Either the boom soaks stuff up or manually you can pick up these tar balls as they’re coming ashore," said President Obama in a statement. "But obviously the concern is, is that until we actually stop the flow, we’ve got problems."
A statement from the US Coast Guard claimed that tar balls washing up near the Florida Keys were not linked to the BP Gulf Oil Spill but the president has not made an official comment on the issue. The tar balls mentioned in the recent press meeting were regarding tar balls that washed up on the coast of Louisiana and not Florida.