Ala gov says he will close beaches if necessary

Published 10:22 pm Friday, June 4, 2010

MOBILE (AP) — Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says he’s frustrated with the Coast Guard’s response on the state’s coast and will consider closing the beaches if the oil washing ashore becomes a public health threat.

Riley held a news conference in Mobile on Friday afternoon following a meeting with President Barack Obama and others in Louisiana.

The governor accused the Coast Guard of a string of broken promises, with adequate boom, skimmers and other protections shifted elsewhere and not provided to Alabama. He said Obama ordered the incident commander, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, to visit Alabama and Florida on Saturday.

Riley said it’s time for the Coast Guard to make hard choices and treat every state fairly.