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Members of Maryland's congressional delegation will get an update Thursday on the possibility that oil from the BP spill in the Gulf could wind up on the state's beaches or in the Chesapeake Bay. Also on the agenda: the safety of seafood from the Gulf.

Here's a wild guess on what they'll say:

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The seafood is safe to eat. Most of what the Gulf produces is from areas west of the spill, and the government is carefully monitoring the impact on waters closer to the danger zone.

The odds of oil washing into Maryland waters or into its shores and marshes is low. But it could happen, depending on how events (weather, in particular) develop.

Also worth noting is that those doing the briefing are all representatives of departments whose budget are controlled by the Senate panel chaired by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski who extended the invitation for them to speak.

They are Dr. Steve Murawski, Director of Scientific Programs for Oil Spill, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and the former Baltimore City health commissioner from December 2005 through March 2009.

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