Louisiana governor declares state of emergency


AFP
April 29, 2010

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday declared a state of emergency due to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens the state’s fragile coast.

The declaration issued by the governor’s office in the capital city of Baton Rouge empowers officials here to deploy state resources and seek federal assistance for the “predicted impact of oil along the Louisiana coast.”

Jindal noted that US weather officials predict that the oil slick is likely to reach parts of the Louisiana coastline Thursday.

“At this time, the Pass a L’Outre Wildlife Management Area is expected to see the first impact of the oil spill,” said Jindal’s emergency declaration, which lasts for one month, through May 29.

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