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Oil from spill unlikely to mar N.C. vacations

Posted May 18, 2010

The chance that oil from a spill in the Gulf of Mexico would make it to North Carolina beaches is extremely slim, federal and state officials said Tuesday.

Ernie Seneca, a spokesman for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, said the state is working with the Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency to monitor the spread of the oil and to make any preparations to keep beach-goers safe.

Seneca said federal estimates are that there is a less than one percent chance the oil would make it to the North Carolina coast over the next 10 days to three weeks.

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  • TomIn Ral May 19, 2010

    Wow, what a misleading headline!

    Ten days will get us to Memorial Day. When it makes it here, are we prepared for cleanup? Could it take years like it has in Alaska?

    And what might be among those "preparations to keep beachgoers safe"? Closing the beaches? Banning fishing?

    There is pitifully little information here and I don't hear anyone asking the hard questions...

  • silverflash May 19, 2010

    note the statement: "less than one percent chance the oil would make it to the North Carolina coast over the next 10 days to three weeks." With emphasis on next 10 days to three weeks. Duh. It will take longer than that. If they don't stop it soon, I fear that it will reach the OBX in about 2 months or 6 weeks, peak vacation season. And the beaches will be ruined for quite some time. Thanks Bp for messing up my vacation with the kids this year.

  • MyNameIsMud May 19, 2010

    I'm sure that makes everyone from the FL Keys to Gainsville,TX feel so much better. The oil is already washing ashore in many places down there.