Back in March Sarah Palin concluded her criticism of Obama’s offshore drilling plan in National Review‘s Corner by stating that “Next week I’m headed to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, where I look forward to discussing what ‘Drill, baby, drill’ really means.” Unfortunately, we have been finding out in the few days what it can mean (via John Cole):

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 wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico . . .

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday declared a state of emergency ahead of the oil slick’s arrival, warning it covered as much as 600 square miles of water.

Ten wildlife refuges in Mississippi and Louisiana are in the oil’s likely path, with the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the tip of the Mississippi River likely to be the first affected, Jindal announced. Wildlife conservation groups said Thursday the oil could be a disaster for coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

“For birds, the timing could not be worse; they are breeding, nesting and especially vulnerable in many of the places where the oil could come ashore,” said Melanie Driscoll, director of bird conservation for the Louisiana Coastal Initiative.