New Orleans, La. – Allen says he will be in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana reviewing hurricane planning, shoreline recovery and the Vessels of Opportunity program involving out-of-work fishermen.
"Since we're very close to being able to control the spill at the source, our focus now has to be in the areas that are impacted ashore. And we still have some impacts in Mississippi and Alabama and Florida regarding tarballs on beaches, but we're really focusing, too, on the marsh areas."
Allen says scientists are closely monitoring storms over Florida that have a slight chance of developing into a system that could affect the offshore drilling to seal the well.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.