The Associated Press
President Barack Obama, left, picks up a tar ball as LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph, center, and U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, look on during a tour of areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill Friday in Port Fourchon, La.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to hold his first meeting today with the co-chairmen of an independent commission investigating the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Obama was to meet with Bob Graham, who is a former Florida governor and U.S. senator, and William K. Reilly, a former head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The president is to make a statement to reporters afterward.
The commission's inquiry will look at causes of the spill, the safety of offshore oil drilling and the functioning of government agencies that oversee drilling.
Five more members are to be appointed.
The session comes three days after BP LLC said its latest attempt to stop the oil spewing out of the broken underwater well had failed, and four days after Obama visited coastal Louisiana.