ON BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen have agreed to a new plan that would significantly increase protection on the state's coast with larger booms, beachfront barriers, skimmers and a new system to protect Perdido Bay near the Florida line.
The Alabama governor was angered by a Coast Guard decision to move boom from Alabama to Louisiana. Riley says the barriers must be up within days for him to be satisfied. Allen says he needs to report to the president before confirming more details of the agreement.
Meanwhile, a cap placed by BP over the blownout well is collecting some of the escaping crude. Allen says the cap has captured about 252,000 gallons of oil; that's a quarter to as much as half the oil spewing out each day. But that's a small fraction of the roughly 24 million to 47 million gallons government officials estimate have leaked into the Gulf since the April 20 rig explosion, making it the nation's largest oil spill ever.