Oil spill task force meeting today in Pensacola
The Environmental Protection Agency administrator and dozens of representatives from other government agencies are meeting in Pensacola today to discuss the continued response to the BP oil spill.
The event is the first meeting of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, which was created by President Barack Obama in October with the aim of coordinating federal, state and local efforts to restore Gulf Coast ecosystems and communities damaged by the spill.
Also present at the meeting are more than 200 representatives from environmental and academic organizations based from Texas to south Florida.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, chair of the task force, will give opening remarks at 11:30 a.m., followed by comments from other task force members and government representatives.
This afternoon, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. task force members will hold public comment sessions, followed by closing remarks. The meeting is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.