Ala senators press Justice for action on spill

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Members of Alabama's congressional delegation say the Obama administration should continue pursuing BP over the Gulf oil spill.

The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in criminal penalties, but many civil claims over the 2010 oil spill aren't resolved.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile says he hopes the Justice Department continues pursuing BP under the Clean Water Act and the Restore Act, which was passed to send money to communities affected by the spill.

Alabama's other Republican senator, Richard Shelby of Tuscaloosa, says state officials must be firm if the Obama administration doesn't make sure the maximum amount of money goes to Gulf Coast areas.

The spill fouled miles of Alabama's coast 2 ½ years ago, and tar balls are still washing ashore in places.



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