May 4, 2010 12:01 PM
The definitive Obama oil rig spill disaster timeline
Posted by Staff
(DAY 1) Tuesday, April 20:
The MODU Deepwater Horizon deep-water oil drilling rig explodes and catches fire in the Gulf of Mexico at about 10 p.m. 126 people were on board, 11 go missing and at least 15 are injured.
(DAY 2) Wednesday, April 21:
The U.S. Coast Guard holds a news conference to discuss the explosion and those missing.
(DAY 3) Thursday, April 22:
About 100 survivors from the explosion arrive on shore. Deepwater Horizon sinks into the Gulf of Mexico.
President Obama delivers a speech on Wall Street to advocate more government intervention in the country's financial sector. He also delivers a speech regarding the contributions of Earth Day to environmental awareness.
(DAY 4) Friday, April 23:
The U.S. Coast Guard says no oil is leaking from the undersea well at the Deepwater Horizon site. Obama blasts the Arizona governor, state legislators, police officers and residents for backing federal laws that prohibit illegal immigration. Barack and Michelle arrive in North Carolina at 1:30pm for a weekend vacation. They go hiking, eat ribs, and the President plays golf.
(DAY 5) Saturday, April 24:
Contrary to what the U.S. Coast Guard said the previous day, oil is leaking from the undersea well at the Deepwater Horizon site at a rate of about 1,000 barrels per day, or 42,000 gallons. The president delivers his weekly radio address, which focuses on further regulation of Wall Street. He also calls upon African-Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, and women, asking them to mobilize for political action.
(DAY 6) Sunday, April 25:
Robot subs are used to try to stop the leak, which continues at a rate of about 42,000 gallons per day. President Obama interrupts a weekend vacation to meet with the Rev. Billy Graham in North Carolina. He also speaks at memorial service for the 29 miners killed in the WV coal mine disaster.
(DAY 7) Monday, April 26:
Obama welcomes the World Series Champion New York Yankees to the White House to honor their 2009 season
(DAY 8) Tuesday, April 27:
Obama continues the White House to Main Street tour with stops in Iowa.
(DAY 9) Wednesday, April 28:
Crews begin controlled burn of oil. The NOAA announces that five times as much oil (210,000 gallons) is spewing in the Gulf of Mexico than originally thought. A new leak is discovered, as well, bringing the total to three. Obama continues the White House to Main Street tour with stops in Missouri and Illinois. The President holds a rare, impromptu press conference on Air Force One, addressing "questions on the Arizona immigration law, the financial regulation bill and other issues."
(DAY 10) Thursday, April 29:
The President deliver remarks at Dorothy Height's funeral at the National Cathedral. In the evening, the President attends a DNC fundraising dinner at a private residence in DC.
(DAY 11) Friday, April 30:
The Louisiana National Guard prepares to send communication equipment, boats, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment to help combat the oil spill. Obama travels to the James J. Rowley Secret Service Training Center in Beltsville, Maryland and observes training procedures.
(DAY 12) Saturday, May 1:
The Obama administration names Adm. Thad Allen, the retiring U.S. Coast Guard commandant who directed recovery operations during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, to direct Gulf of Mexico oil spill response. The President delivers the commencement address at the University of Michigan. In the evening, the President and the First Lady attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
(DAY 13) Sunday, May 2: President Barack Obama travels to Gulf for update, assures Louisiana that oil spill has federal government's full attention.
(DAY 14) Monday, May 3: Chemicals at source reducing amount of oil spill reaching surface of Gulf, BP CEO Tony Hayward says.