PERDUE: State Preparing In Case Gulf Oil Heads To Coast

Governor Beverly Perdue says the state is keeping a close watch on computer models to prepare for any oil from the Gulf of Mexico that may wash up on North Carolina beaches.

Experts say it could be as early as August before loop currents bring the sheen to the Carolina coast.

Perdue spoke with WITN about the state getting ready for the possibility of oil on our beaches while visiting LaGrange Monday morning. She said that the challenge for North Carolina is waiting while our beaches are thriving right now.

"The federal system was not prepared, BP certainly was not prepared, and we need to hold these companies and the federal regulators to a higher standard than we have before," said the governor. "But then, here in our state I need to make sure that the taxpayers and the citizens of this state need to be sure that we protect the ecology, the environment, the economic strength of our coast."

Although some of the oil has been capped, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are still spewing out into the Gulf of Mexico. Tarballs are beginning to wash ashore in parts of Florida.


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  • by Palin Snake Oil Co. Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    USCG skimmers, along with tugs, barges and recovery vessels, have been in the Gulf since April 29, OSOC, NOT since last week. Why do you continue to spread lies? I've told you before you're wrong. It's sad taht you have nothing better to do than spread lies on a news message board.
  • by Rebecca Location: Alliance on Jun 8, 2010 at 05:20 AM
    So did we decide why they wheat straw/hay wont work or at least help?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 7, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    Tabitha Elks, I find it earie as well. I posted on the oil spill problem story first on something I think doesn't make sense. Why did Obama sit on this over a month? He saw, as the rest of us, it was growing. Only last week did he deploy the USCG skimmer ships to clean it up. There is a huge skimmer ship that can take up as much oil as the well was leaking when it started. Where was it? Obama has control over document vessels to take them anytime he wants as commander in chief and he didn't. Iresponsible? Did he want this to happen to keep liberals happy that he put a moritorium on drilling? This whole situation stinks, once again. Remember, it happened on Earthday...at a time he said he was OK with opening drilling? I guess he really owes big time to his base.
  • by john Location: wahington on Jun 7, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Can you imagine if Bush had done nothing fo this long.
  • by Tabitha Elks Location: Vanceboro on Jun 7, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    So where are the "Save The Gulf" concerts? Where are the TV benefits with the celebrities and musicians giving heart felt speeches on the poor fisherman, wildlife, beaches, loss of income and sabotaged gulf economy? I find it rather strange how these people (including our own government) are so quick to help Haiti and other countries.. but sit on their butts for this one!
  • by jimmy Location: greenville on Jun 7, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    She talks a mean game as what to do but not how to do it just as she has talked the talk but has not learned the walk nothing she said has become a fact and if her past has anything to do with our furtue do not hold your breath
  • by kra on Jun 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Maybe she can take a page out of the Gov of LA and start the ball rolling on making a barrier?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 7, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    Still my question goes unanswered. Why did Obama sit on this problem for a month before sending the USCG skimmers to clean it up before it became a problem? He is responsible to take care of our coast, not BP. To rely on them was at great risk. Now its a huge problem and oil has made it to the coastal grass there. Skimmers could have taken care of it.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 7, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    This is one thing I will agree with Bev on. A plan of action needs to come ready. If the oil were to wash up on our coast, it would destroy the economy of the Outer Banks, especially the commercial fishing and sportfishing industries, along with the restaurants and others. Also, that would take away 2 of my hobbies as I fish and surf a lot. BP will no longer receive a dollar of my money.
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