JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Obama's point man overseeing the cleanup of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico expects a plan to restore the coastal region economically and environmentally will take months rather than years.
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says there are already numerous studies that can be implemented quickly, and he said putting together a plan will begin even before the well spewing oil is capped.
Mabus was in Mississippi on Wednesday to meet with Gov. Haley Barbour and municipal leaders. He was in Louisiana earlier this week and has scheduled stops later in Alabama and Florida.
Mabus says the coastal community will generate the ideas for restoration and Washington will respond, rather than vice versa.
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