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Educators meet to discuss oil disaster preparedness

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WILMINGTON—North Carolina educators are discussing the best ways to respond to potential oil spill disasters.

UNC-Wilmington and other higher education leaders across the state are showing government responders what they can do to help. The goal is to clarify and identify the advanced technologies the schools have to give emergency responders in the event of a major oil spill, such as the current disaster in the Gulf.

“And m ore important I think is the long-term ecologic studies that are being conducted by a lot of the faculty and the undergraduate and graduate here. That provide the basis for us to be able to asses the health of the marine ecology,” said Robert Roer, UNCW chief research officer.

Roer emphasizes the chances of the North Carolina coast getting hit with oil from the gulf is limited, but this meeting will help prepare for the future.

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