Alabama coast worried over incoming oil spill

Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico (photo source Governor's Office: Robin Cooper)
Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico (photo source Governor's Office: Robin Cooper)
Ala. Gov. Bob Riley, left, surveys the oil spill over the Gulf of Mexico (photo source Governor's Office: Robin Cooper)
Ala. Gov. Bob Riley, left, surveys the oil spill over the Gulf of Mexico (photo source Governor's Office: Robin Cooper)
Oil spill over the Gulf of Mexico (photo source Governor's Office: Robin Cooper)
Oil spill over the Gulf of Mexico (photo source Governor's Office: Robin Cooper)

By Alan Collins

MOBILE, AL (WBRC) - Alabama officials continue to watch an oil spill making its way closer to the gulf coast. The spill is five times larger than expected. Governor Bob Riley in Mobile says weather will play a key role."If according to NOAA forecast, this wind shifts to the southeast, Mississippi and Alabama are going to be affected," Riley said.
                
On Good Day Alabama, the executive director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab says if the oil spill moves closer to the state, the seafood industry could take a blow. "We could lose a significant portion of our productive habitats for an unknown period of time. We have never experienced anything like this," George Crozier said.
             
Officials are moving to burn off some of the oil. The National Weather Service says the burn should have begun last week.

Ships are also trying to capture as much oil as possible."We want to fight this out at sea and not on shore," Riley said.
                  
Many fear the oil spill will not be solved easily."They have not capped this off or slowed it down which they can't do at this point. It will be days, and weeks of a minimum of exposure. Can be three months," Crozier said.
                    
Riley has been in contract with British Petroleum about the cost of any cleanup. "The cost we are going to bare for any act out of the ordinary again would come flow back to the responsible party, which is BP," Riley said

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