Federal Officials and Lawmakers Pressing BP on Cleanup

New Orleans, La. – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the federal government will continue keeping the "boot on the neck" of BP until the oil is capped off and cleaned up. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is promising that experts assigned by the government will help determine how much oil is in the Gulf waters. But Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is still asking for federal permission to build sand barriers linking chains of outer islands to protect inland marshes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the request. Jindal also wants more boom and boats and Coast Guard inspectors on scene. He says oil is covering 70 miles of the coast, and some delicate wetlands vital for birds and other species could be dead in a week. A bipartisan panel is in Louisiana to review BP's response.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans