North Carolina may be safe from any oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, but it has a new law designed to further protect the state's coast from similar disasters.
Gov. Beverly Perdue signed a bill this week that lifts the cap on damages that can be recovered as a result of offshore oil spills.
The law also directs the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety to review any potential impact on North Carolina from the oil spill that started after an April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
The Obama administration said Wednesday that there's no longer a threat from the Gulf spill to the Atlantic coast.