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Jun 1, 2010 10:56 PM by Chris Welty

NOAA Seattle Employees Working On Oil Spill

SEATTLE (AP) - NOAA workers in Seattle are putting in long hours
to help track the oil spill in the Gulf.
Doug Helton with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration in
Seattle told Sen. Patty Murray on Tuesday how his group is trying
to forecast where the oil might travel. The Washington Democrat
visited NOAA's offices to be briefed about those efforts and how
NOAA Fisheries experts are trying to gauge the oil's effects on the
ecosystem.
Helton says data from observers, satellites, planes and radar
are plugged into computer models in Seattle to produce a daily
forecast. He and other NOAA officials say their people are working
24/7 to provide spill information - in Helton's case, he says he's
working 90-hour weeks.

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