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Congressman won't support offshore drilling

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina congressman says he doesn't support offshore drilling until the cause of the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico is fully understood.

Rep. Mike McIntyre made the comments during an oil spill preparedness meeting Monday at the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center in Wilmington. McIntyre says environmental concerns and safety precautions must be taken before he'd support any offshore drilling in North Carolina.

Local, state, and federal agencies spent the morning discussing plans if oil from the spill in the Gulf Of Mexico hits North Carolina's shores. Officials say they have reviewed cleanup plans and are talking with their counterparts in the Gulf.

Experts say there is less than a 1 percent chance that North Carolina will see large amounts of oil.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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