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Oil Spill Threatens AL Coast

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - It feels a bit like hurricane season on the Alabama coast, where officials are tracking the movement of a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

The slick, from a drilling rig that exploded and sank, is still east of the mouth of the Mississippi River and well south of the northern Gulf Coast. But forecasts say changing conditions could bring it closer to land.

Mike Foster of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau says no one knows what the slick will do next, so it's similar to watching a hurricane.

Gov. Bob Riley is in Mobile to discuss the slick's latest movements and to review plans should the petroleum reach coastal Mobile or Baldwin counties.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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