LIers worry Gulf oil will reach local shores

With a giant oil slick continuing to spread in the Gulf of Mexico, there are growing concerns among Long Islanders that the spill will eventually wash up on their shores.

Experts say if the destroyed BP oil well can't be capped soon, the global ocean flow, called the "loop current," could carry the oil to the Northeast in a matter of weeks.

Babylon Emergency Director Gil Hanse says smaller oil spills have twice reached Long Island in the past 20 years.

South Shore towns and the Coast Guard say they have oil spill contingency plans, but fisherman Steve Lannon, of Deer Park, says he's keeping his fingers crossed.

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