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Apr 202011

(Washington, DC) — President Obama says significant progress has been made tackling the Gulf oil spill disaster, but stresses the job isn't done.

The Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20th, 2010 killed eleven rig workers and started the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

He says the catastrophic event affected the lives of millions throughout the region.

At the height of the response, his administration had about 48-thousand people working to deal with the spill.

A year later the President says "nearly two-thousand responders are working in the Gulf to aid in ongoing recovery efforts." Obama says the administration continues to "hold BP and other responsible parties fully accountable" for the damage and losses.

The federal courthouse in New Orleans is expecting a lot of foot traffic today on the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Individuals and businesses affected by last year's Gulf oil spill have until midnight to file preliminary paperwork protecting their right to sue the companies blamed for the disaster.

A court clerk tells "The Wall Street Journal" around 62,000 forms have already been filed by Gulf Coast business owners, rig workers and family members of the men killed in the Deepwater Horizon blast.

Those who choose not to sue can seek money from BP's $20-billion oil spill compensation fund.

Today is also the deadline for BP, Transocean and other companies implicated in the spill to sue one another so they can limit their liability.

Transocean is expected to be the first to go to trial with that goal in February 2012.

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