U.S. President Barack Obama will travel within the next 48 hours to the Gulf of Mexico, where a ruptured deepwater well has spilled millions of gallons (litres) of oil into the water, a White House official said on Saturday.
No further details were disclosed about the timing or the exact location of the planned visit.
The unchecked spill has reached the coast of Louisiana, threatening fish and shrimp breeding grounds and vulnerable wetlands teeming with wildlife. It could become one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
Obama's administration has put pressure on London-based BP Plc