Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just in case the Gulf's oil reaches N.C. ...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Will the oil from the Gulf travel, by way of the Gulf Stream, up the East Coast and land on North Carolina's beaches — or won't it? It's a crap shoot, so feel free to place your bets now. In the meantime, Gov. Bev Perdue says our state has a plan of action.

Oil from the Gulf Coast spill is not expected to reach the shores of North Carolina, Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday, but the state will be ready if it does.

"North Carolina is prepared to deal with whatever comes our way," Perdue said.

Computer models from The National Center for Atmospheric Research have shown that oil could travel up the Atlantic coast this summer, but the agency has emphasized that the models provide a possible scenario, not a forecast.

The Coast Guard would take the lead in fighting the spill in the state's coastal waters. If oil reaches inland waters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be in charge. The state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and its Division of Emergency Management would be the lead state agency.

Perdue has asked the state's Emergency Management Division to prepare an updated version of the response plan by Monday .

Read the entire News and Observer article, by Matt Ehlers, here.

Here's the computer model that's got everyone concerned:

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