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Secretary Salazar Visits Oil Spill Command Center, Launches Full Review of Offshore Drilling Safety Issues


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 traveled to the Gulf Coast on Friday at the request of President Obama to inspect ongoing operations and interagency coordination in response to the BP Oil Spill. During their visit, Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Salazar and Administrator Jackson conducted an aerial tour of the affected area in the Gulf of Mexico to view BP’s cleanup and containment efforts firsthand and announced a full review of offshore drilling safety issues to be conducted by a new Outer Continental Shelf Safety Board.


  • Secretary Salazar announces a full review of offshore oil drilling safety at a press conference in Robert La.  Also pictured are EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, La. Congressman Charlie Melancon and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Secretary Salazar announces a full review of offshore oil drilling safety at a press conference in Robert La.  Also pictured are EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, La. Congressman Charlie Melancon and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Secretary Salazar announces a full review of offshore oil drilling safety at a press conference in Robert La.  Also pictured are EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, La. Congressman Charlie Melancon and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    L-2-452x3Secretary Salazar announces a full review of offshore oil drilling safety at a press conference in Robert La.  Also pictured are EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, La. Congressman Charlie Melancon and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Administration officials went to the Gulf Coast at President Obama's request to inspect ongoing operations and ensure oversight and interagency cooperation.  Left to right are NOAA Adminstrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Commander 8th Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Interior Secretary Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Congressman Charlie Melancon, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Congress Joseph Cao and Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Administration officials went to the Gulf Coast at President Obama's request to inspect ongoing operations and ensure oversight and interagency cooperation.  Left to right are NOAA Adminstrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Commander 8th Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Interior Secretary Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Congressman Charlie Melancon, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Congress Joseph Cao and Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes.
  • Administration officials went to the Gulf Coast at President Obama's request to inspect ongoing operations and ensure interagency cooperation.  Pictured are Commander 8th Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Interior Secretary Salazar Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Commander 8th Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Interior Secretary Salazar
  • Rear Adm. Mary Landry, federal on scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon incident, speaks with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar as they conduct an aerial survey of the Gulf Coast, Friday, April 30, 2010 aboard a Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.
    Rear Adm. Mary Landry, federal on scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon incident, speaks with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar as they conduct an aerial survey of the Gulf Coast, Friday, April 30, 2010 aboard a Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff and US Coast Guard officers upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday. Tami A. Heilemann -- DOI
    Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff and US Coast Guard Officers upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar announces a full review of offshore oil drilling safety at a press conference in Robert La.  Also pictured are EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, La. Congressman Charlie Melancon and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • L-2-452x3Secretary Salazar announces a full review of offshore oil drilling safety at a press conference in Robert La.  Also pictured are EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, La. Congressman Charlie Melancon and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Administration officials went to the Gulf Coast at President Obama's request to inspect ongoing operations and ensure oversight and interagency cooperation.  Left to right are NOAA Adminstrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Commander 8th Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Interior Secretary Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Congressman Charlie Melancon, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Congress Joseph Cao and Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes.
  • Commander 8th Coast Guard District Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Interior Secretary Salazar
  • Rear Adm. Mary Landry, federal on scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon incident, speaks with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar as they conduct an aerial survey of the Gulf Coast, Friday, April 30, 2010 aboard a Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.
  • Secretary Salazar received a full situation briefing from BP staff and US Coast Guard Officers upon his arrival in Louisiana on Thursday.