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Oil spill prompts La. gov to declare emergency

VENICE, La. (AP) -  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico creeps toward shore and threatens the fragile ecosystem along the coastline.

Thursday's order allows the state to free up resources to begin preparing for the oil to reach the shore, which could happen as soon as Friday.

The spill could affect a wide variety of wildlife, including the oysters, shrimp and other creatures that commercial fishermen depend on to make a living. Meanwhile, the federal government has sent skimmers, booms and other resources to try and contain the spill.

 

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