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Congressional hearings on the Deepwater Horizon spill continue today, with today’s panels focusing primarily on the government’s role in both the spill and the clean-up effort. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will appear before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee at 11 a.m., along with several other representatives of the government’s oil spill response team.

The Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a second hearing at 2:30 p.m. featuring Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and head of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley. A second panel will include representatives from the Coast Guard, Army, and Department of Commerce.

Also at 2:30, the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation will hear from Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco, BP America President Lamar McKay, and Transocean President Steven Newman.

I’ll be live-tweeting from the hearings all day, which you can follow below.

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