Riley plans to seal Mobile Bay if oil draws near

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 6, 2010

MOBILE (AP) — Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says he plans to seal off Mobile Bay by laying booms under the Dauphin Island bridge and at the mouth of the bay if oil from the huge spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses a threat.

Riley said Wednesday he would seal those two routes that an oil slick might enter the bay while still maintaining a gate-like path for ships using the ship channel up and down the bay. He says that would seek to protect both the bay environment and commerce at the port of Mobile.

Riley’s press secretary, Todd Stacy, says the plan would be put in place if it appeared oil was about 72 hours away.

The plan was approved Wednesday by the unified command after Riley spoke to reporters in Mobile.