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06/18/2010 12:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jamie Hinton, Alabama Man, Fights To Protect Hometown From Oil Spill

In Magnolia Springs, Alabama, a small town built on a coastal estuary, the water is central to the residents' way of life. With the looming threat of oil from the Gulf Coast oil spill that may infiltrate the area, one resident has decided to take action. Jamie Hinton, a volunteer fire chief and a man who's lived in Magnolia Springs his whole life, felt that a thin line of containment boom provided by BP wasn't enough.

To protect his hometown, Hinton has set up barges and booms that he hopes will block out oil and protect the estuary.

CNN reports from Alabama.

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