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Scientist say oil spill could foul Mobile Bay Wednesday
By Massive oil spill could contaminate Mobile Bay by mid-week
Mobile, AL – - The latest forecast for the oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico shows it near the Alabama coast on Wednesday.
The forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration shows it heading almost directly toward the mouth of
Mobile Bay. The possible area of the spill extends to barrier
island of Mississippi and Alabama.
Gov. Bob Riley initially planned to protect Mobile Bay with a
plan to use oil-blocking booms to create gates for ship traffic to
use entering and leaving the bay. But officials with the Alabama
State Port Authority said the plan failed because of a shortage of
boom and unusually strong currents.
Crews have been trained on the coast to protect sea life and
wetlands, but they have had little to do for more than a month
since the spill has been at a distance from Alabama's shores.