"With this extensive monitoring we're having, we're in a good position to not have a catastrophic event." — BP senior vice president Kent Wells on July 19, attempting to reassure the public that the oil giant has a handle on things.
"The Gulf Coast is an American treasure, and its deterioration affects us all. The solution begins with each American demanding the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico, its coastlines and its wetlands for ourselves and for future generations." — Sandra Bullock, one of the stars of the Restore the Gulf video, which premiered July 20 at the now-shuttered P&J Oyster Company. Women of the Storm, which organized the video, is seeking more than a million signatories for an online petition.