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June 4, 2013

Ala. attorney general coming to Cullman to talk oil spill

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will be in Cullman from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the economic effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

The spill was devastating, and poured 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The leak persisted for 87 days, until crews finally managed to seal it.

Strange and Patrick Juneau, a specialist on BP oil claims, will be available at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown to answer questions concerning the BP oil claim process. The session is open to the public at no charge.

Oil landed on the beaches of only two coastal counties during the 2010 oil spill. But officials say people far inland could still be eligible for payments under the claims process.

North Alabama residents who could be affected include people who own property or businesses along the coast.

The attorney general's office says the meetings are meant to help people understand the requirements for submitting claims under the spill settlement.

The total value of the settlement is unclear, but officials say it could reach into the billions of dollars.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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