Riley declares emergency as oil slick approaches

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has declared a state of emergency as an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the Alabama coastline.

Riley said the oil leak poses a "serious threat" to Alabama's economy and environment.

The emergency declaration directs state agencies to assist communities affected by the oil leak.

The governor's declaration comes as workers are racing to install floating barriers across Alabama's 53-mile coastline on Friday. Forecasts showed the oil slick that was oozing into Louisiana's fragile marshes and could reach Alabama bayous and beaches as early as Sunday.

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