Holder to visit Gulf oil spill area

Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderDems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Holder: Any 'competent' prosecutor could win obstruction case against Trump MORE will visit the Gulf Coast on Tuesday to tour the oil spill area and meet with local officials.

Holder, going to the region for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig explosion on April 20 and ensuing gusher, will meet with attorneys general from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi and U.S. attorneys representing those states.


Holder's visit comes as the administration is putting increasing pressure on BP to be held accountable for the deadly accident and environmental crisis.

The attorney general will also be briefed by the U.S. Coast Guard and receive a tour of affected areas.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Jane Lubchenco — who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — all make return visits to the Gulf Coast this week.