DEP chief says oil spill unlikely to affect NJ

(AP) - New Jersey's environmental commissionersays it's "extremely unlikely" that oil from the Gulf of Mexicospill will affect New Jersey.

Testifying Monday before the Assembly environment committee,Robert Martin said if any part of the floating oil does happen toreach New Jersey on ocean currents it would not be until well afterthe summer beach and fishing seasons.

Martin said a task force he appointed has determined that oilcouldn't reach North Atlantic waters before October or November andwould be extremely diluted.

And he said only a highly unlikely combination of storms andwarm water flows could bring the oil so far north.

Nevertheless, he said the DEP will continue to monitor thesituation.

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