Barbour Declares Coastal Emergency

Mississippi's governor declares a state of emergency on the coast because of an oil spill.

The spill that resulted from an fire on an oil rig off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico is moving toward the Mississippi coastline.

“I have issued a State of Emergency to help local governments and state agencies work together more efficiently as they respond to this massive oil spill,” said Gov. Haley. “The Departments of Environmental Quality and Marine Resources continue to work with BP and the federal government to monitor our coastline.”

Barbour also ordered the Mississippi National Guard to aid local officials with emergency response.

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