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Obama to discuss oil-leak containment strategy in address

By Dan Lothian, CNN
President Obama visits Grand Isle, Louisiana, on June 4.  He'll make another visit to the Gulf on Monday.
President Obama visits Grand Isle, Louisiana, on June 4. He'll make another visit to the Gulf on Monday.
  • More detail emerging about address
  • 15-minute speech covering range of issues
  • Address set for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday

Coden, Alabama (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will discuss the oil-leak containment strategy in his Tuesday night speech about the Gulf oil disaster, a senior administration official told CNN Monday.

Obama is expected to speak for about 15 minutes, beginning his remarks with the latest from "two days spent in the Gulf region and what we've done to respond to the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history."

This comes as more details are emerging about the president's planned address to the nation, set for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday and hours before Obama meets with BP executives for the first time since the oil crisis began.

The official said Obama will talk about the reorganization of minerals management at the Department of Interior.

Along with the containment strategy, he will also discuss BP's claims process and what Obama's administration is doing to make it fast, efficient and transparent and to insure its independence from BP.

Obama will talk about the beginning of a process to restore the Gulf to a place better than it was before the Deepwater Horizon exploded. He will also mention what must be done to decrease dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.

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