Mobile Bay ferry may dock due to oil in water

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Mobile Bay ferry that runs between
Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan may have to be suspended at times
because of oil in that area of the bay.

State transportation officials said it would be suspended around
noon Friday, but skimmers removed the oil and the service
continued. It wasn't certain for how long.

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been ongoing since an April 20 rig explosion.

The Marissa Mae Nicole, the ferry providing the service, will be
protected by boom if it has to be docked at Dauphin Island. It
would be moved farther up into the bay if oil conditions require
it.

The state transportation agency regularly runs two ferries
across the mouth of Mobile Bay. The other ferry, the Fort Morgan,
is currently undergoing repairs.


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