WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–April 30, 2010. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson will travel to the Gulf Coast on Friday at the request of President Obama to inspect ongoing operations dedicated to minimizing environmental risks in the areas affected by leaking oil—part of their continued oversight and emphasis on interagency coordination in response to the BP Oil Spill.
During their visit, Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Salazar and Administrator Jackson will conduct an aerial tour of the affected area in the Gulf of Mexico to view BP’s cleanup and containment efforts firsthand, and meet with federal, state and local officials leading response effort. They will also meet with officials representing BP, the responsible party in the spill.
Friday’s visit will also help inform the joint DHS-DOI investigation into the causes of the April 20 explosion, which left 11 workers missing, three critically injured, and an ongoing oil spill that the responsible party and federal agencies are working to contain and clean up.