Barack Obama has paid a second visit to the stricken Louisiana coast. He has promised to triple manpower in affected areas to contain and clean up the oil spill.
Crude has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico since an undersea oil well was ruptured after an explosion on a drilling platform last month .
“I ultimately take responsibility for solving this crisis. I’m the president and the buck stops with me,” said US President Barack Obama.
“I give the people of this community, and the entire Gulf, my word that we’re going to hold ourselves accountable to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to stop this catastrophe.”
With no immediate end in sight to the unfolding environmental catastrophe, there’s a growing sense of anger and frustration in the region.
“I think the people have kind of lost all hope, that he promised and there is no change happening,” said one woman.
“My expectation is not that he will personally fix the situation, but I do think it’s his responsibility to put some one person in charge of the situation, someone who can give answers,” said a Grand Isle resident.
The oil spill has put the region’s three main sources of income – tourism, oil and fishing – on hold for the time being.
Meanwhile experts say it could take ten years for the ecosystem to recover. There are nearly 400 different types of species in the Mississippi Delta, several of which are endangered.