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Maryland Holds Mini-Boom Demonstration

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A mini-boom demonstration was held Tuesday in the Marina near downtown Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC) A mini-boom demonstration was held Tuesday in the Marina near downtown Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Maryland officials are preparing for the worst-case scenario if oil from the Gulf spill heads north to the Eastern Shore.

On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley joined the U.S. Coast Guard and other organizations for a round-table discussion and a mini-boom demonstration of oil prevention. The state owns 12,000-feet of boom that could come into play for clean-up.

Dr. Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, who participated in the discussion, will sit on a White House-appointed commission. The Louisiana native will analyze data in his home state.

"It's actually pretty moving especially when I see our state bird the pelican covered in oil," said  Boesch, "so it's a very serious concern."

NOAA and the Maryland Department of the Environment say the likelihood of oil reaching the East Coast is unlikely and that even if it came up through the "loop current" around Florida, oil would become weatherized into tar balls.

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