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State’s Preparedness & the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Gulf of Mexico coastal oil spill The DES Waste Management Division is responsible for coastal oil spill preparedness and response in New Hampshire. DES is actively monitoring the events in the Gulf of Mexico to assure that New Hampshire is aware of any potential of the oil reaching our coastline. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) currently projects that if any oil enters the Gulf Stream Current and travels around Florida “tar balls” (see link below) could reach the East Coast states up to North Carolina. Further, NOAA predicts that north of North Carolina, there is little evidence of any threat at all to the coastal states. It is NOAA’s belief that any tar balls traveling north of North Carolina would be carried out to the sea by the Gulf Current. All of these projections are subject to the changing weather and current conditions.

NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
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