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Louisiana declares an 'Emergency' over the Oil Spill……

The Oil platform Fire before it sunk causing the oil line to crack and leak….

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday as winds drove a massive oil spill toward the state’s coast and authorities scrambled to mitigate its environmental effects.

The slick was some 16 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of last week’s oil rig explosion, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Authorities said the slick could begin affecting some coastal areas by Thursday evening, with the bulk expected Friday.

The slick covered some 600 square miles of water Thursday, state officials estimated. Ten wildlife refuges or management areas in Mississippi and Louisiana are in the oil’s likely path; the first likely to be affected is the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the tip of the Mississippi River.

Oil spill could be disaster for wildlife

At the White House, President Obama said the federal government will use “every single resource at our disposal” to help contain the oil spill. Obama has called the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to discuss the spill, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Federal authorities, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, pledged a robust response. At a White House briefing, Napolitano said she has designated the leak a “spill of national significance,” meaning officials can draw down assets from other areas to combat it.

More from CNN…….…..

April 29, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , ,

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  2. I have a sinking feeling that this oil disaster is being downplayed and may be much larger than we think. I wanted to know just how much oil was flowing into the ocean from that broken pipeline (in both barrels and in gallons) so I did some research on my own.

    Barrels vs. Gallons

    Most news articles claim that since April 21, 2010 roughly 4 million gallons of sweet crude have been leaked into the Gulf at a rate of 210,000 gallons per day. But according to an Associated Press article just posted today (What went wrong at oil rig? A lot), approximately 4,000,000 barrels have already spilled into the Gulf. When you convert those barrels into gallons, you end up with a whopping 168,000,000 gallons of oil: that’s a difference of 164,000,000 gallons from the previous estimate!

    (Don’t believe me? Read the articles and convert the measurements for yourself.)

    http://www.examiner.com/x-42484-Environmental-Health-Examiner~y2010m5d12-Toxic-chemicals-used-in-BP-oil-spill-cleanup-oil-to-remain-flowing-through-Gulf-VIDEO

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_oil_spill

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm

    Comment by The Destructionist | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • You could be right…..

      The media won’t go into overdrive until they get pictures of oil on beach and on animals…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply


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