Mobile BP oil spill

A council that's supposed to develop a plan to restore the environment and economy after the BP oil spill is holding its first public meeting.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council meets Tuesday afternoon in Mobile. The council includes federal officials and state officials from the five Gulf Coast states. A spokesman for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he plans to attend the meeting.

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The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council is gathering in Mobile to discuss the region's future after the BP oil spill.

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says he will be on hand for the meeting Friday afternoon.

A statement from Bentley's office says the council is officially beginning its work of long-term restoration from the spill.

The panel will decide how to spend fine money paid by BP.