Lawmakers discuss worst-case scenario for oil spill

Local lawmakers met yesterday at Robert Moses State Park to discuss the possibility of oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill reaching Long Island's shores.

Though experts say it's unlikely, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says lawmakers are taking proper precautions.

"It might be doubtful that [oil] ever gets here, but you better have plans in place just in case," Levy says.

Scientists say if oil did reach Long Island, it would take several months and would not be nearly as widespread as southern states are seeing.

Suffolk's most recent plans in the event of an oil spill are from the 1980s. Officials say Long Island's wetlands are likely the most vulnerable to an ecological disaster, but areas have yet to be prioritized.

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