Louisiana State of Emergency Declared – Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Spill Incident Update

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued a state declaration of emergency in preparation for predicted impact of oil along the Louisiana coast leaking as a result of the the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Updated models from NOAA show the oil spill could reach parts of the Louisiana coastline Thursday, April 29, 2010, and proceed into the Breton Sound and Chandeleur Sound by Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Meanwhile, President Obama says feds will use “every single resource at our disposal” and has declared the spill to be one of national significance, a designation that eases the transfer of personnel and equipment to the region from all parts of the country.

Officials estimate that the oil slick covers some 600 square miles of water.  Late Wednesday it was announced by the USCG that the oil slick may be five times bigger than estimated with as much as 5000 barrels leaking per day.

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