South Florida, Keys, East coast face no threat from oil
Story Created: Jul 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM America/New_York
GULF OF MEXICO, Fla - Southern Florida, the Florida Keys, and the East Coast are not likely to
experience any effects from the remaining oil on the surface of the Gulf as the oil continues to
degrade and is hundreds of miles away from the loop current, according to a new NOAA analysis.
This analysis assumes the Deepwater Horizon/BP wellhead will remained capped.
“For southern Florida, the Florida Keys, and the Eastern Seaboard, the coast remains clear,” said
Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA
administrator. “With the flow stopped and the loop current a considerable distance away, the light
sheen remaining on the Gulf’s surface will continue to biodegrade and disperse, but will not travel
This latest analysis is part of NOAA’s ongoing work related to the Deepwater Horizon/BP