Florida Declares State of Emergency as Oil Slick Nears « The Washington Independent
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, making headlines this week for his abandonment of the Republican Party, has just announced a state of emergency in the state’s panhandle.
“The oil slick is generally moving in a northerly direction and threatens Florida’s coast,” the executive order (PDF) reads. “Oil continues to spill from the well as all efforts to stop the discharge have failed and may not succeed for an extended period of time.”
The warning applies to the counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf.
Florida’s move follows that of Louisiana, which declared an emergency of its own yesterday.