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.