NC Officials Discuss Possibility Of Oil From Gulf Coming Here

It was a busy day at UNCW's Marine Science Center as officials got together to brainstorm about how to respond in the event a major oil spill happens in North Carolina or if the oil in Gulf comes here.

Even though the well that was spewing oil in Gulf has been capped, there are still concerns about it possibly coming here.

So officials in North Carolina gathered to ensure they are prepared if something like that were to happened off our coast or if the oil travels to our coast.

Right now, they are collecting data to monitor the spread of the oil. Officials say for the oil to come our way, it must go through a series of stages that include traveling throughout the loop current which it currently has detached from.

Professor Morrison says there is a possibility that coastal currents from Florida can push it back into the loop current. But the most we'll probably see are just tar balls.

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