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Obama sends White House administration to Gulf


GRAND ISLE, La. (ABC)-- President Obama is sending the Secretary's of Homeland Security and the Interior to Louisiana Monday to inspect BP's response to the Gulf oil spill.  The White House is telling BP either do something to fix the problem or move out of the way. Local officials watching the tourism and fishing industry suffer have had enough.

After a boat tour along Louisiana's coast, Governor Bobby Jindal said the state will not wait for federal approval to build sand barriers.

Governor Jindal says, "This shows you why it's so important to keep the oil out of our wetlands. This is important for Louisiana. It's important for the Gulf. It's important  for the entire country."

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead a bi-partisan Senate delegation to the region Monday to fly over the affected areas and take a look at BP's response.

Salazar says, "If we find they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we will push them out of the way."

There has already been another setback.  BP's latest solution, the straw they inserted into the leaking pipe, is only siphoning about half as much oil as it was just a few days ago.

Salazar says, "Do I have confidence that they know exactly what they are doing? No, not completely. And that is why we are here providing input and providing oversight to make sure that this problem does not worsen."

The leak may not be completely stopped until a relief well is dug, a project that could take months.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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