White House Takes a Bigger Role in the Oil Spill Cleanup

 The New York Times

NEW ORLEANS — President Obama increased his administration’s role in the cleanup of the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, by positioning the Department of Defense to assist the giant oil company BP in dealing with the spill and by sending three top officials to Louisiana.

In Baton Rouge, Gov. Bobby Jindaldeclared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, saying that the oil slick, which has been spreading perilously closer to shore, “threatens the state’s natural resources.”

Janet Napolitano, the Secretary for Homeland Security, said at a White House briefing on Thursday that the oil slick was “a spill of national significance.” That designation meant that federal resources from many regions can be used to combat it.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/us/30gulf.html?hp 


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