BP spill could reach Atlantic Coast within weeks

WASHINGTON Thu Jun 3, 2010 12:44pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico could float around Florida and up the U.S. East Coast as far as North Carolina, the National Center for Atmospheric Research said on Thursday.

Citing computer models, scientists at the federally-funded center said in a statement that the oil could reach Florida's Atlantic Coast within weeks and could move as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

"I've had a lot of people ask me, 'Will the oil reach Florida?'" NCAR scientist Synte Peacock said in the statement. "Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood."

The center's statement said the study is not a forecast because it is not possible to accurately predict where the oil will be weeks or months from now. However, the computer simulations of the oil's movement "provide an envelope of possible scenarios for the oil dispersal."

Where and when the oil will move depends on regional weather conditions and the Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current, the statement said.

More information and a computer animation of the oil's possible course are available online here

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(Reporting by Deborah Zabarenko, editing by Anthony Boadle)

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Comments (8)
rpemers wrote:
I think we are seeing only the beginning of this epic environmental disaster. It’s unbelievable to me that BP has been allowed to try fixes that only divert the flow so they can collect it rather than stopping it completely and halting the damage being done. Just reinforces my belief that BP is calling the shots and pulling the strings of Obama and his puppet Gov’t Cap the darn thing…stop the flow completely and be done with it.

Jun 03, 2010 2:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mindcat wrote:
I agree with previous poster. Why hasn’t this hole been NUKED by the military.
If the defenses are this weak, think of what new idea this gives AlQueda.

Jun 03, 2010 2:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kriminy wrote:
Umm… I don’t think a nuke 40 miles off the LA coast is the best idea… but that’s just me.
Besides that, if you did try to blow it with conventional explosives, imagine a 100 foot rubble pile that’s leaking oil through and around. Try putting a cap on that.

Jun 03, 2010 3:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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