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Fairfield Township OEM
Tuesday June 29th, 2010 :: 12:32 p.m. EDT


Shoreline update for New Jersey from BP oil Spill. See E-Mail message.

Shoreline update for New Jersey for BP oil Spill. This information was released by the NJDEP in a meeting last night.

NJDEP Update FAQ: Gulf Oil Spill

QUESTION: Will New Jersey's beaches be safe this summer?
Yes. We are optimistic the oil will not reach the Shore. It is improbable that the oil slick will reach New Jersey, and would require a "sequence of unlikely events" to do so.

QUESTION: Is it safe to fish now?
Yes, fishing is very safe. Migrating species, including blues and striped bass, have already made their way to Jersey waters and are not affected by the Gulf oil spill. Additionally, the shellfish harvest will also be very good this season.

QUESTION: Do we need to change our summer vacation plans?
Absolutely not. The Jersey Shore will be open for business as usual. We expect a great summer season in New Jersey.

QUESTION: Is New Jersey monitoring the oil spill?
Yes. Commissioner Martin has created a Gulf Spill Team. Our DEP scientists, with help from scientists at Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology, are closely observing the situation.

QUESTION: What would happen in the unlikely event that Gulf oil reached New Jersey? Most likely, we would see it in the form of tarballs-hard-shelled, soft-centered objects-which could be as small as pebbles, a bit like burnt marshmallows.

QUESTION: How would we deal with those tarballs?
The DEP, State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security officials are working now on a plan of action to deal with that unlikely possibility.

QUESTION: If the unlikely events occurred, when could Gulf oil reach the state?
If the oil were to reach New Jersey it would not occur until after the summer season, not likely until October, November or later.

QUESTION: Should residents, businesses, fishermen or beachgoers be worried?
No. The state's beaches and fishing areas will be open for business this summer. Beaches will be clean and water quality will be very good. Enjoy the summer!

Fairfield Township OEM
70 Fairton Gouldtown Rd
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 856-453-3158

Elmer Gould
Fairfield Township OEM

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