President Barack Obama promised Tuesday that the Justice Department would prosecute any violations of the law in relation to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
“If our laws were broken, leading to this death and destruction, my solemn pledge is that we will bring those responsible to justice on behalf of the victims of this catastrophe and the people of the Gulf region,” Obama said in remarks outside the White House Tuesday.
Obama also pledged to change the laws to prevent future oil spills from becoming so serious.
“We have an obligation to investigate what went wrong and to determine what reforms are needed so that we never have to experience a crisis like this again,” Obama said. “If the laws on our books are insufficient to prevent such a spill, the laws must change. If oversight was inadequate to enforce these laws, oversight has to be reformed.”
Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder visited New Orleans Tuesday to meet with state attorneys general and federal prosecutors in the areas affected by the spill. He is expected to make public remarks later this afternoon.
Obama’s full remarks are available here.