MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama leaders have started discussing how the state should use an estimated $1 billion it will receive as a result of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The 10-member Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council discussed how it will operate during its first meeting Friday.
BP is expected to pay anywhere from $5 billion to $21 billion in penalties for the spill that sent oil flowing onto the state's shoreline. The Mobile Press-Register (http://bit.ly/Orv5nW ) reports that Alabama will likely get a minimum of $1 billion.
Gov. Robert Bentley asked members to meet again in about a month. He said the council would seek public input before making final decisions on how to spend the money. He urged communities not to hire lobbyists to seek funding for local projects.
Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/press-register/
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