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Vitter, Sen. Environment Committee Oil Spill Clean-Up Briefing Today

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Location: Metairie, LA

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, on which he serves, are hosting an official committee briefing today Tuesday, October 2 in New Orleans on the status of BP's clean-up of the Gulf. The committee will take testimony from officials with the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and other officials from the area. BP officials have also been invited.

"This is some of the most significant environmental work of our lifetime," Vitter explained. "We need to prevent BP from walking away from the clean-up before it's complete, and to ensure that Louisiana's coastal restoration efforts are successful. There is clearly still a lot to be done."

EPW Field Briefing - Update on Oil Spill Clean-Up and Restoration
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
10 a.m. CT
Louisiana Supreme Court
400 Royal Street
Fourth Floor Courtroom
New Orleans

Panelists include:
U.S. Sen. David Vitter
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-1)
U.S. Cedric Richmond (LA-2)
U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-6)
*U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, U.S. Reps. Jeff Landry (LA-3), John Fleming (LA-4), Rodney Alexander (LA-5), and Charles Boustany (LA-7) have been invited.

Speakers include:
Capt. Samuel "Duke" Walker, U.S. Coast Guard Incident Commander and Federal On Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Response
Garret Graves, Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA)
John Young, Jefferson Parish President
Troy Baker, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Response and Restoration
*Lamar McKay, Chairman and President BP America, Inc., has been invited.

In August, Vitter met with the Coast Guard, BP officials and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority regarding the cleanup efforts of any remaining oil as well as equipment that was used at the time of the response that is now buried in the waters and mud along the coast.

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