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BP Oil Spill's Potential Path Could Go Up East Coast

Many visitors to beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, in Florida and along the East Coast still untouched by oil from the disastrous BP gusher, will no doubt in the next few weeks cast anxious glances towards the waves and wonder when, if at all, the petroleum will hit them.

While it's still too early to know, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have a simulation that's been getting a lot of attention of what the oil could do if it winds up in the Gulf's Loop Current and makes it's way into the Gulf Stream would carry it around the tip of the Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard as far as North Carolina.

It's a sobering animation. For BP it should be especially frightening since the additional liabilities the energy giant would be exposed to would be incalculable.