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Defense Mobilizes Louisiana National Guard to Fight BP Oil Spill

Georgianne Nienaber
Huffington Post [1]
May 1, 2010

It has been a frustrating day on the Louisiana Delta. High winds and rough seas kept boom-laden vessels in port while the expanding river of oil unleashed from the Transocean/Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion moved closer to environmentally-sensitive marshlands. In a move born more of desperation than expediency, the United States Defense Department authorized the deployment of the Louisiana National Guard to help local communities in the cleanup and removal of oil. Whether critical habitats can be protected from contamination is the question of the hour.

In statement issued late today, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said, “As the responsible party in this incident, the government will hold British Petroleum accountable for the costs of the deployment.”

The White House finally seems fully engaged.

At the request of the President, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, held a “principals-level meeting today which lasted for more than an hour to discuss the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ensure that the resources of the federal government are fully integrated in the response to the incident,” according to a statement from the Office of the White House Press Secretary. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Deputy Secretary of Interior David Hayes, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Carol Browner were in attendance.

Napolitano cannot be happy with the official press photo of her touring the Gulf. It is eerily reminiscent of the photo taken of George Bush when he did a fly-over of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Bush was roundly criticized for government inaction in the wake of the flood.

Full article here [1]