In Baton Rouge, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, saying that the oil slick, which has been spreading perilously closer to shore, “threatens the state’s natural resources."From the NYT.
Janet Napolitano, the Secretary for Homeland Security, said at a White House briefing on Thursday that the oil slick was “a spill of national significance.” That designation meant that federal resources from many regions can be used to combat it.I'll bet Texas is pissed that their tax dollars might be put to work somewhere else. I'm curious exactly which resources BJ is woried about... my suspicion is that he's concerned this might interfere with more drilling.
Also, here's a semi-answer to the question of how long it might take to get the leaks covered with domes to recapture escaped oil: "....dropping domes over the leaks and routing the oil to the surface to be collected, an operation untested at such depths that would take at least two to four more weeks..." (from a list of potential measures to control the spill)