Officials prep for chance of oil spill reaching NJ
New research released by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may affect Garden State beaches.
The study suggests that the oil may become entrained in the Gulf's fast-moving loop current which would carry it toward New Jersey. Most scientific models show the oil turning east toward Europe near the Carolinas.
Officials say unplanned events such as storms could draw the oil toward the Garden State, causing oil to show up along the coastline.
State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin formed a team of DEP officials, experts and outside scientists who will closely monitor the oil spill.
DEP officials say they do not expect the oil to reach the Jersey Shore.