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UPDATE 1-Obama says BP ultimately responsible for oil slick

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WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday BP Plc is ultimately responsible for the cost and cleanup of a widening Gulf of Mexico oil spill but that he is using “every single available resource” to address it.

Obama, in the Rose Garden for an education event, opened his remarks by speaking about the Gulf of Mexico spill. He said it was possible that Defense Department resources would be used to address the problem. He said he has consulted Gulf coast state governors.

“While BP is ultimately responsible for funding the cost of response and cleanup operations, my administration will continue to use every single available resource at our disposal, including potentially the Department of Defense to address the incident,” he said.

Obama said he had ordered Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to visit the site on Friday to assure that “BP and the entire U.S. government is doing everything possible not just to respond to this incident but also to determine its cause.”

Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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