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O’Malley And Experts Evaluate Oil Spill’s Potential Impact On Maryland
July 1, 2010, 11:07 pm
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O’Malley And Experts Evaluate Oil Spill’s Potential Impact On Maryland

Oiled Pelicans Collected in Louisiana on June 3rd, 2010

From the Baltimore Business Journal:

Gov. Martin O’Malley gathered state environmental and business leaders Tuesday to discuss the possibility that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could reach Maryland.

The group addressed how well the state would be able to respond if that happened, including how a cleanup would happen.

“While science tells us that any impact along Maryland’s coast is highly unlikely, it’s our obligation to prepare for the worst,” O’Malley said in a statement.

Scientists have looked at the possibility that the oil slick in the gulf could be caught in a current and carried up the East Coast, but it is considered unlikely. Oil has been collecting in the gulf since April 20, after an explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well.

The group included officials from the state departments of environment, natural resources and business and economic development. Also present was Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, who was tapped to join a federal panel investigating the oil spill.

The group was convened to ensure that the state’s seafood industry and marine environment are protected from the spill.

– by Scott Dance

Read more: O’Malley, experts hold panel on potential impact of oil spill – Baltimore Business Journal

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