Earlier, BP asked the U.S. Department of Defense for advanced imaging technology and other equipment to help contain the spill, which the Obama administration labeled earlier today as an event of "national significance."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during the White House briefing that designating the spill as one of "national significance" means that "we can now draw down assets from across the country" to assist with cleanup.
She said 1,100 people are working on the cleanup effort, which so far has collected 685,000 gallons of oil and water from the polluted Gulf.
Earlier this afternoon, the Coast Guard had predicted that oil could begin to hit the Louisiana coastline as early as tonight. At the time, the floating oil slick was just 3 miles from land and 25 miles from the nearest populated area.
The White House said 174,060 feet of flotation booms had been deployed to corral the floating oil. It said an additional 243,260 feet is available and 265,460 feet has been ordered.
It said 76 tugs, barges and skimmers were on scene to help in containment and cleanup, along with six fixed-wing aircraft, 11 helicopters, 10 remotely operated vehicles, and two mobile offshore drilling units.
Get big government hands off our Medicare and health care even while 14,000+ people a day lose coverage.
Get big government out of our financial system and derivatives trading even as it develops into an 18trillion market that makes nothing but is leveraged than the GDP of every country combined and then crashes and drags the world towards depression only to be saved by big government who can also set rules to make sure it doesnt happen again.
Get big government out of drilling and lets drill baby drill - until we lose more than we gain in environmental disasters and big government has to clean up and set rules to protect us
Get big government out of our rail system - even as it becomes moribund and no one wants to ride it anymore while China builds high speed rail - a venture with not enough rewards vs capital outlay to justify a capitalist based investment - same for highway systems.
Its amazing how Republicans have used events that demonstrate the need for effective smart government to convince many in America of the need for lesser to smaller government.The truth at the end of the day is however that government is us and we need to stop electing (and returning back) folks who cry small government as every answer because they are incompetent to run it correctly!