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Oil enters main Alabama waterway

Shelby Lin Erdman
CNN

Oil in the Gulf of Mexico has moved into the inland waterway along coastal Alabama
Oil in the Gulf of Mexico has moved into the inland waterway along coastal Alabama

Oil from the massive spill in the Gulf has moved into the inland waterway along coastal Alabama, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to close Perdido Pass, the main water access route for fishermen and boaters in the popular resort town of Orange Beach.

BP and the government have tried to protect the pass for weeks with thousands of feet of boom, but thick waves of oil have seeped into the pass and down the waterway, coating the marshy shoreline as it moves through.

People in the community are frustrated, watching the massive oil spill ruin, not only the once pristine beaches and turquoise water of the Gulf, but their livelihood, as well.

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