Governor Riley Meets with Coast Guard, State Agency Leaders to Prepare Alabama for Gulf Oil Leak

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley on Tuesday morning met with state and federal officials to prepare Alabama’s response should an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico threaten the state’s shores.

Oil is escaping a well near a rig in the gulf that sank on April 22 after an explosion and fire.

On Tuesday, Governor Riley met with Captain Steven Poulin, Sector Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard and the designated federal on-seen coordinator, as well as leaders of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“The Coast Guard is working to fight this spill as far offshore as possible, but we are preparing equipment and mobilizing resources in the event Alabama’s coastal areas become affected,” said Governor Riley. “Right now this is all about getting prepared and coordinating our efforts. Our state agencies have already been working closely with the Coast Guard to monitor the leak, to identify critical habitat areas that could become at risk, and on oil containment strategies.”

Governor Riley was told a decision by the Coast Guard could come as soon as this afternoon on whether to stand up the Unified Command Operation office in Mobile. Unified Command ensures a unified effort by bringing together federal, state and local agencies and the private sector.

The Governor was informed Tuesday that more than 1,000 personnel are involved in the response effort to date in the gulf region, both onshore and offshore.

There are five staging areas along the gulf already in place to protect sensitive shorelines, including one in Theodore, Alabama.

Among the resources that state agencies are preparing to deploy if necessary are boats to help place oil containment booms and offshore water quality monitoring.

Internet links to the latest information on the oil leak can be found online on ADEM’s home page at www.adem.alabama.gov.


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  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on Apr 27, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    I DONT BELIVE WHAT I AM SEEING AND READING.IS THIS BINGO RILEY?HE MUST BE TRYING TO HELP THE COAST GUARD TO STOP THE OIL SLICK FROM HURTING THE STATE OS MISSISSIPPI.OR DOES HE THINKS THAT IT IS BLACH GOLD AND SELL IT TO THE BACK WOOD PEOPLE OF ALABAMA.MABY WE NEED TO VOTE ON THIS.BE CAREFUL COAST GUARD AND THE LEADERS OF ALABAMA.BE CAREFUL BINGO RILEY MIGDT BE WIRED.CAN BINGO RILEY HELP STOP THE OIL SLICK WITHOUT THE HELP FROM THE INDIANS,THE PAC.AND THE PREACHERS.
  • by Gene Location: Dothan on Apr 27, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    Everyone knows the Governor caused the explosion, it's all in his master plan to take away Alabama casino jobs from single teenage mothers.
  • by nate Location: dothan on Apr 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    What? The governor focusing on something other than electronic bingo? This must be a misprint.
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