Public discussion to address local oil spill concerns

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The chances of oil from the Gulf Coast washing ashore in South Carolina may be slim, but it's not stopping faculty at Coastal Carolina University from preparing the public for the possible event.

A public discussion on Thursday night will take a local look at the topic that's grasped headlines since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April. Coastal Carolina faculty will address how the crisis could affect southeastern coastlines and wetlands.

Louis Keiner, chairman of Coastal Carolina's Department of Chemistry and Physics, will discuss the dynamics of the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico and how it could send oil towards the East Coast. Should oil get stuck in the system, Keiner will outline its potential path and the likelihood that oil will appear along the Grand Strand.

Jim Luken, dean of Coastal Carolina's College of Natural and Applied Sciences, is also slated to briefly discuss the history of oil spills and its impact on fish, marine life, beaches and marshes.

Following the discussions, the public will have the opportunity to voice comments and concerns on the environmental disaster.

"Oil Spill 101: What the Grand Strand Needs to Know" will be held at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center in Myrtle Beach from 6-8 p.m.

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