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MEDIA ADVISORY: Top Administration Officials to Tour Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Posted on August 18, 2010 by bp complaints

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VENICE, La. – At the direction of the President, tomorrow, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley will tour the Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Venice, Louisiana and the areas affected by the BP oil spill to assess the on-going federal response efforts and to discuss the Administration’s commitment to long-term Gulf Coast restoration and recovery.
Portions of the Delta’s 49,000 acres have been closed to the public since April due to the spill but are scheduled to reopen on August 22.   The Delta is home to many fish, waterfowl and animals, including endangered and threatened species such as the American alligator, brown pelican, and Arctic peregrine falcon.
In the morning, Secretary Salazar, Administrator Jackson, Administrator Lubchenco, and Chair Sutley will participate in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Steering Committee in New Orleans.
WHO:              Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
                        Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson
                        NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco
                        CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley
                        Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife Tom Strickland
WHAT:              Delta National Wildlife Refuge tour and media availability

WHEN:              Thursday, August 19, 2010
                         11:45 a.m. CDT – Boat Tour
                         2:30 p.m. CDT  – Press Briefing
WHERE:            Delta National Wildlife Refuge, 215 Offshore Shipyard Road, Venice, La., 70091
MEDIA:            The boat tour of the Wildlife Refuge will be pooled press.
The press briefing is open to all credentialed news media.  Media unable to attend may join a listen-only teleconference by dialing 1-800-779-9539,  access code DELTA. 





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