Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How an Alabama fire chief risked jail to save town from Gulf oil spill

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. (Christian Science Monitor) - Magnolia Springs, Ala., has a plan to stop the Gulf oil spill from entering the Magnolia River. A flotilla of nine spud barges – flanked by containment boom – will be waiting, ready to block the 530-foot-wide entrance to Weeks Bay.

The blockade is being led by Jamie Hinton, the local volunteer fire chief who, at one point, was faced with the possibility of being jailed for violating the federal and state chain of command.

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