NAPLES, Fla. - The oil is gone, but could Southwest Florida still see devastating impacts from that spill? Friday evening, residents, business owners, and world renowned scientists gathered to talk about what Collier County's future holds.
Dr. Roni Avissar with the University of Miami says the truth is many scientists can't be 100 percent sure where the oil will go. What they do know is that just because surface oil isn't on our shore doesn't mean we are in the clear.
Avissar says there is a large amount of oil, the total amount unknown, that has been released at different depths. There's a good chance that oil will be transported throughout the Gulf currents. And it's very possible it will reach both the east and west coast of Florida.
It is his personal belief that Florida will not see the effects of this oil for decades to come because it is dissolving and moving to different areas.