New precautions taken to stop oil from reaching AL coastline

MOBILE, AL (WBRC) - Alabama's environmental authorities are taking precautions to prevent another type of pollution from reaching Alabama's coastline.
     
Starting today, crews will deploy oil control booms in the Gulf of Mexico to prevent spilled oil from coming ashore.

Governor riley was in Mobile on Wednesday to talk with the coast guard about the plan. "When you look at all the sensitive areas on the Alabama coast, I think we are as prepared for any contingency at this point as we have been for a hurricane or any other natural disaster that this area has faced," says Riley.

So far, favorable winds are protecting Alabama's shoreline and fishing industry and preventing the oil from spreading toward the state's coastline.

Copyright 2010 WBRC. All rights reserved