TODAY - Friday, June 11, U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), along with Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Administration officials will be touring Louisiana to assess the impacts of the BP oil spill, with a focus on water quality and wildlife. Senator Cardin, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, will lead the delegation, which is scheduled to take a helicopter to fly over the spill area to assess the extent of the spill and damage to coastal area, tour via boat the oil-filled wetlands near Grand Isle, as well as meet with senior federal and local officials including the Environmental Protection Agency, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of the Interior and Army Corps of Engineers.
During their visit to Grand Isle, the Senators and Administration officials will hold a brief press availability to take questions from the media.
WHEN: Friday, June 11, 2010
1:45 PM CT
LOCATION: Grand Isle Community Center
3811 Highway 1
Grand Isle, LA
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, (D-MD) Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, (D-MD) Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee
Senator Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) Member, Environment and Public Works Committee
Senator David Vitter, (R-LA) Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety,