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Perdue: State is very prepared if oil comes to coast

Posted June 15, 2010

— North Carolina is updating its oil recovery plan in response to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday.

"Hope is not a course of action. North Carolina is very prepared for whatever comes out way," Perdue said during a meeting with legislative and local government leaders.

A computer model by the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows that oil leaking from the well could enter the Gulf's loop current and the Gulf Stream and reach North Carolina shores.

Researchers say oil could threaten East Coast beaches by early next month, but they caution the models are not a forecast.

"We have no reason to believe that any oil is coming to our coast," Perdue said. "We are prepared and will always be prepared for the very worst and hope for the very best."

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If oil did reach the coach, Perdue said experts told her it would be significantly diluted.

Perdue has ordered the State Emergency Response Team to update its oil recovery plan by June 21. The plan, created in 1989 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, is updated annually.

The United States Coast Guard has a plan to deal with the oil spill within 200 miles of the coast, she said.

Perdue said protecting North Carolina's coast involves five basic steps, including sharing information with the public and other states. In addition, biologists are taking samples of air, water and marine life to establish a baseline for later testing. An inventory is also being taken of the state's resources. The state will also be monitoring the situation through the coast guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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  • mfarmer1 Jun 15, 2010

    "We have no reason to believe that any oil is coming to our coast,"

    How Can Someone Say That?

    "North Carolina is very prepared for whatever comes out way,"

    How Is That?

    I have a feeling she may eat those words

  • jhewell Jun 15, 2010

    Easy to say that. She hasn't a clue.

  • snickers27588 Jun 15, 2010

    Maybe if we get enough oil on our beaches we can manage to slide HER out of office and get someone with at least half a brain!

  • Caveman93 Jun 15, 2010

    "if"?

  • NoFreakinWay Jun 15, 2010

    her comments on this matter are laughable. she has no idea what will happen when that oil gets here. her babble on this subject should make every NC citizen irate!

  • lovelarvae Jun 15, 2010

    ""hope for the very best" so that's how we're prepared Bev?????"

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    Actually, Bev said, "Hope is not a course of action", and her full quote, which you quoted selectively in order to give the opposite conclusion, was this: "We are prepared and will always be prepared for the very worst and hope for the very best." So at least be honest and accurate when attempting to comment.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 15, 2010

    "We have no reason to believe that any oil is coming to our coast," tell that to the Loop Current and those in the know much more than you. Once again she simply proves she's clueless!

    "hope for the very best" so that's how we're prepared Bev????? You've got to be kidding me!
    YouKiddingMe
    June 15, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    Experts told me the current is 30 miles from shore and by the time the oil made it up this far it would be easily contained. What "experts" are you referring to?

  • lovelarvae Jun 15, 2010

    "LOVELARVAE - thanks for that link. It contains a second link, which has the actual plan dated APRIL 2009 on pages 433-480. It's really a proper plan with competent details." -John Sawtooth

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    You're welcome. Apparently you're the only one who's looked at it. I tried to include a direct link to the actual plan but, like I said, the 'censorship filter' for some reason had an issue with some characters in the web address.

    Since the plan is publicly available, then I'd hope to see an end to the "Bev has NO PLAN" comments (and you're right, the plan long pre-dates her arrival in office), and perhaps people could instead provide a reasoned critique of the actual plan that does exist, if they're actually interested.

  • NoFreakinWay Jun 15, 2010

    "We have no reason to believe that any oil is coming to our coast,"
    tell that to the Loop Current and those in the know much more than you. Once again she simply proves she's clueless!

    "hope for the very best" so that's how we're prepared Bev????? You've got to be kidding me!

  • shortcake53 Jun 15, 2010

    LOL Bev thinks she can stop it in its tracks? Yes it will hit our coast, and no, there is nothing she can do that others havent already tried.

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