The explosion off the coast of Louisiana in April of 2010 resulted in the nation's worst oil spill.
Six months after the event, President Obama established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Task Force, committing the country to a full restoration of the Gulf region. It also followed a decades-long decline of the Gulf ecosystem. Lisa Jackson, administrator of the EPA, chaired the task force that identified four broad goals to make long term restoration easier. She made the announcement here in Houston: