Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CLARIFICATION on the Current Threat to Florida Peninsula and Florida Keys from Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has put out a clarification to its earlier report about modeling the long-term oil threat to the gulf and east coast shoreline. The July 2nd Press Release discusses and models the coastlines with the highest probability of impact as of Day 120 of the oil spill. The July 3rd Press Release states that the earlier model was focusing on the possible long-term shoreline threats and not on the current wind and ocean conditions in the Gulf of Mexico. Debbie Payton, NOAA oceanographer, states that right now there is a very low probability of oil threatening the Florida Peninsula shorelines in the short term because there is no oil in the area near the loop current and the present forecast don't indicate any oil moving into the loop current area. The Florida Peninsula Command Post constantly and aggressively monitors the footprint of the spill and it's relation to the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys and has response plans in place should the situation changes. For the latest information and updates on the response to the oil spill, please visit: http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/.