There is a chance, albeit a small one, that the Loop Current could carry oil from the Gulf spill around the tip of Florida and up to beaches as far as north as New York. We're really going to be steamed if this thing messes up P. Diddy's white party.

So far experts say that the likelihood of New York beaches getting exposed to a large quantity of oil is "rather small." At an "oil summit" in East Hampton Thursday night, Lawrence Swanson of SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences said Scotland has a greater chance of being seriously affected by oil from the Gulf spill. The Gulf Stream currents could bring the oil up to the Carolinas, where the oil would likely drift east. Out of sight, out of mind!

But hurricanes could alter those patterns and ruin our summer, too, so equipment is stockpiled in various locations across Long Island to deal with any advancing oil, which would likely arrive in the form of tar balls. A "rapid response" plan is being readied, and Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson told the planning group, "If anybody says don’t worry about it... I think they probably said that on day two of the spill, and it’s just a disaster down there." But help is on the way—Gulf lawmakers and Sarah Palin are praying for a "solution/miracle." Our troubles are over. [Via Curbed]