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April 29th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

Interactive: Oil slick just a few miles from Louisiana coast

CNN Wire Staff

Oil slick is now just a few miles away from the mouth of the Mississippi River

Oil slick is now just a few miles away from the mouth of the Mississippi River

A 120-mile oil slick advanced to within a few miles of the mouth of the Mississippi River on Thursday as authorities scrambled to keep the spill from damaging sensitive coastal wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico.

As of late Thursday morning, southeasterly winds had driven the slick to about three miles off the Louisiana coast, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman Charlie Henry told reporters.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday as authorities scrambled to mitigate its environmental effects.

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