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Sen. Sessions tours Alabama Gulf Coast

Sen. Jeff Sessions talks Monday with reporters in Dauphin Island, Ala. (source WBRC video) Sen. Jeff Sessions talks Monday with reporters in Dauphin Island, Ala. (source WBRC video)

By Dennis Washington

DAUPHIN ISLAND, AL (WBRC) - Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said he hopes the Gulf Coast will be spared an "economic disaster" from the oil spill.

Sessions toured Dauphin Island and surrounding areas Monday morning as crews prepared to deploy more booms around delicate habitats along the Alabama Gulf Coast.  Sunday, strong winds and rain destroyed most of the protective booms that were deployed along the shoreline on Friday and Saturday.  Sessions said he is optomistic the damage can be contained.

"We're hoping to work our way through this without a total economic disaster," Sessions said.  "We'll definitely have some environmental damage."

Sessions said the key to the extent of the damage is the plugging the leaks in the broken oil line.

"If we can stop it, we may be okay," Sessions said. "But it it continues for three months, then we'll have damage on the shore, no doubt about it."

Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, said he's happy with the response he's getting from state and federal officials.

"We have a good response team in place," Collier said. "We're just trying to protect the island and surrounding habitats."

Collier said he hopes the oil can be stopped before too much damage is done.

"While we prepare for the worst, we hope for the best," Collier said.

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