President and state leaders track oil slick's movement

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As that oil spill creeps closer to shore there are new fears about just how far it might spread.

President Obama made a trip to the Gulf to pledge the government's full support in clean up efforts.

The president arrived on the Gulf Coast this morning for a first hand look at the growing environmental disaster.

"You should know that your government is going to do everything possible to stop this crisis," stated the president.

The weather kept the president from his originally planned fly over. Even without that aerial look, evidence along the coast has already started to leave an ugly mark.

"We don't really know what's going to happen out here. We know that we've got the potential for major impact on the environment, and the financial impact on the businesses, and our world is threatened," said Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.

The federal government has set up a command center in Mobile to help monitor the state's response to the oil spill.

Governor Riley was in Mobile getting briefed on the threat to the Alabama's coast.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Troy King was hosting attorney generals from the surrounding Gulf Coast states as they discuss legal strategy on dealing with BP.

King warns against setting an adversarial tone with the company as they try to contain and clean up the spill.

"Either the next couple of days we'll be successful... or we'll get this containment system in place in the next 8 to 10 days. The worst case scenario is it goes for 2 or 3 months," stated Doug Suttles, BP CEO for Exploration and Production.

The oil leak could reach parts of Mississippi and Alabama as early as Tuesday. The good news is that the leak isn't traveling as fast as once thought.

At one time, experts expected some of the oil to reach Alabama today. Even though the oil slick is moving more slowly, it's also getting bigger.

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