Experts: Oil not likely to pose significant threat to SC

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Laura Thomas

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – While people along the Grand Strand are wondering if oil will make its way to the east coast, officials in the Gulf Coast say they are catching more.

Dr. Paul Gayes at Coastal Carolina University says the amount of oil the east coast will see depends on a number of different factors, ranging from which way the wind is blowing to what a particular storm might do to the system.

He says if the oil reaches the South Carolina coast, it will most likely be very diluted.

Gayes also said this should also serve as a reminder that the United States should be looking for a more sustainable energy source.

"This is an event," Gayes said. "We've had these wake-up calls before. We've had spills in the 1960s, Santa Barbara, others in the Gulf. I think what you're looking at here, is not so much the sins of a mission of a government agency or a renegade corporation going amuck. I think what you're looking at is the latter stages of an unsustainable energy policy."

With the oil spill being such a hot topic along the coast, the Grand Strand Technology Council is holding a program on June 24 at the Horry Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Several speakers will gather at the program to talk about the local issues related to the spill.

Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at CCU, Dr. Michael Roberts is scheduled to speak at the event.

"I think a lot of people have been interested in what's been going in the Gulf," Roberts said. "I think in particular, since we are an area of the world that makes a lot of its economic basis is based upon what happens at the beach."

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