Southern states prepare for oil slick

MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama is bracing in case an oil slick reaches its coast. The slick, which covers 600 square miles of water, was formed after an oil platform sank last week.

Governor Bob Riley inspected the spill Wednesday and Thursday from a US Coast
Guard airplane.

Riley says everyone that can help mitigate any coastal damage is on the scene,
doing all they can.

Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency
ahead of the slick's arrival.

The Coast Guard says the slick is now about 16 miles off the Louisiana coast.

Authorities say the slick could begin affecting some areas of the coast by
tonight -- with the bulk expected Friday.

Courtesy: CNN