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Gulf oil spill spreads west toward Texas

<p>Oil is seen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in an aerial view of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Mobile, Alabama, in this handout photograph taken from a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft on May 6, 2010 and obtained on May 9, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. Watkins/U.S. Navy/Handout</p>

Oil is seen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in an aerial view of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Mobile, Alabama, in this handout photograph taken from a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft on May 6, 2010 and obtained...more

Oil is seen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in an aerial view of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Mobile, Alabama, in this handout photograph taken from a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft on May 6, 2010 and obtained on May 9, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. Watkins/U.S. Navy/Handout

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<p>Crews work to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform sank, in this photo taken May 8, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Casey J. Ranel/Handout</p>

Crews work to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform sank, in this photo taken May 8, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Casey J. Ranel/Handout

Crews work to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform sank, in this photo taken May 8, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Casey J. Ranel/Handout

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<p>Crews work to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform sank, in this photo taken May 8, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Casey J. Ranel/Handout</p>

Crews work to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform sank, in this photo taken May 8, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Casey J. Ranel/Handout

Crews work to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform sank, in this photo taken May 8, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Casey J. Ranel/Handout

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<p>A clean-up crew member carries protective boom material as he walks past more booms on the sand after tar balls began washing up on the beach at Dauphin Island, Alabama, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>

A clean-up crew member carries protective boom material as he walks past more booms on the sand after tar balls began washing up on the beach at Dauphin Island, Alabama, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A clean-up crew member carries protective boom material as he walks past more booms on the sand after tar balls began washing up on the beach at Dauphin Island, Alabama, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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<p>Clean-up crews (R) install a protective boom after tar balls began washing up on the beach at Dauphin Island, Alabama, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>

Clean-up crews (R) install a protective boom after tar balls began washing up on the beach at Dauphin Island, Alabama, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Clean-up crews (R) install a protective boom after tar balls began washing up on the beach at Dauphin Island, Alabama, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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<p>A pollution containment chamber is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico over the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill May 6, 2010. The chamber is designed to cap the oil discharge that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig fire and collapse. Picture taken May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley/Handout</p>

A pollution containment chamber is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico over the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill May 6, 2010. The chamber is designed to cap the oil discharge that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig fire and collapse....more

A pollution containment chamber is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico over the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill May 6, 2010. The chamber is designed to cap the oil discharge that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig fire and collapse. Picture taken May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley/Handout

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<p>A double layer of oil booms are set up around one of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil spill. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>

A double layer of oil booms are set up around one of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil spill. REUTERS/Brian...more

A double layer of oil booms are set up around one of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil spill. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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<p>Workers contracted by British Petroleum set out booms from their oyster boat to protect the shoreline against oil drifting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as it creeps closer to land in Cat Pass, Louisiana May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lee Celano</p>

Workers contracted by British Petroleum set out booms from their oyster boat to protect the shoreline against oil drifting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as it creeps closer to land in Cat Pass, Louisiana May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lee Celano more

Workers contracted by British Petroleum set out booms from their oyster boat to protect the shoreline against oil drifting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as it creeps closer to land in Cat Pass, Louisiana May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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<p>Adam Shaw, a Louisiana oilfield diver assigned to the Premier Explorer, performs a surveillance mission during a controlled fire of the oil-covered waters in the Gulf of Mexico May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Jeffery Tilghman Williams/U.S. Navy photo/Handout</p>

Adam Shaw, a Louisiana oilfield diver assigned to the Premier Explorer, performs a surveillance mission during a controlled fire of the oil-covered waters in the Gulf of Mexico May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Jeffery Tilghman Williams/U.S. Navy photo/Handout more

Adam Shaw, a Louisiana oilfield diver assigned to the Premier Explorer, performs a surveillance mission during a controlled fire of the oil-covered waters in the Gulf of Mexico May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Jeffery Tilghman Williams/U.S. Navy photo/Handout

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<p>Oil booms are set up around some of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana to protect them from oil in the water May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil spill. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>

Oil booms are set up around some of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana to protect them from oil in the water May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil...more

Oil booms are set up around some of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana to protect them from oil in the water May 7, 2010 as seen from a plane used by the environmental group Mobile Baykeeper and Southwings to look at the damage caused by the oil spill. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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<p>A band of oil from the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana floats in the water near Freemason Island May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

A band of oil from the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana floats in the water near Freemason Island May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A band of oil from the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana floats in the water near Freemason Island May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>A worker standing in shallow water deploys a containment boom to hold back an oil spill from the shores of North Island off the coast of Louisiana May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

A worker standing in shallow water deploys a containment boom to hold back an oil spill from the shores of North Island off the coast of Louisiana May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A worker standing in shallow water deploys a containment boom to hold back an oil spill from the shores of North Island off the coast of Louisiana May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>A BP video frame grab shows a remote operating vehicle (ROV) successfully capping one of the three leaks, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/BP/Handout</p>

A BP video frame grab shows a remote operating vehicle (ROV) successfully capping one of the three leaks, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/BP/Handout

A BP video frame grab shows a remote operating vehicle (ROV) successfully capping one of the three leaks, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/BP/Handout

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<p>Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 and obtained on April 22. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout</p>

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 and obtained on April 22. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 and obtained on April 22. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout

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<p>Two fishing vessels drag an oil boom after trapped oil is set ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffery Tilghman Williams-US Navy/Handout</p>

Two fishing vessels drag an oil boom after trapped oil is set ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffery Tilghman Williams-US Navy/Handout

Two fishing vessels drag an oil boom after trapped oil is set ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffery Tilghman Williams-US Navy/Handout

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<p>A charred fire boom collects oil in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout</p>

A charred fire boom collects oil in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout

A charred fire boom collects oil in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout

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<p>An aerial view released by Greenpeace shows the drilling relief well (bottom) on the deck of the ship with the containment structure that will be used to try to stop the leak from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 6, 2010, REUTERS/Daniel Beltra-Greenpeace/Handout</p>

An aerial view released by Greenpeace shows the drilling relief well (bottom) on the deck of the ship with the containment structure that will be used to try to stop the leak from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 6, 2010, REUTERS/Daniel...more

An aerial view released by Greenpeace shows the drilling relief well (bottom) on the deck of the ship with the containment structure that will be used to try to stop the leak from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 6, 2010, REUTERS/Daniel Beltra-Greenpeace/Handout

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<p>Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout</p>

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout

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<p>A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout</p>

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

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<p>Donnie Wilson, (L), Chief Executive Officer of Elastec Inc. American Marine, and U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Marine Science Technician Drew Jaeger, attached to Gulf Strike Team from Mobile, Alabama, monitor a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout</p>

Donnie Wilson, (L), Chief Executive Officer of Elastec Inc. American Marine, and U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Marine Science Technician Drew Jaeger, attached to Gulf Strike Team from Mobile, Alabama, monitor a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico,...more

Donnie Wilson, (L), Chief Executive Officer of Elastec Inc. American Marine, and U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Marine Science Technician Drew Jaeger, attached to Gulf Strike Team from Mobile, Alabama, monitor a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout

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<p>A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout</p>

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

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<p>An aerial view of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Handout</p>

An aerial view of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Handout

An aerial view of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Handout

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<p>Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout</p>

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg-US Navy/Handout

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<p>A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout</p>

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

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<p>A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, while searching for survivors in this April 21, 2010 handout photo, released to Reuters on May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Lloyd-US Coast Guard/Handout</p>

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, while searching for survivors in this April 21, 2010 handout photo, released to Reuters...more

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, while searching for survivors in this April 21, 2010 handout photo, released to Reuters on May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Lloyd-US Coast Guard/Handout

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<p>A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout</p>

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

A view of a pollution containment being lowered into the water at the Deepwater Horizon response site May 6, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Patrick Kelley/Handout

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<p>Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Justin E. Stumberg/Handout</p>

Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Justin E. Stumberg/Handout

Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Justin E. Stumberg/Handout

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<p>Deepwater Horizon Marine Conservationist and oil spill expert Rick Steiner collects a sample of oil and water from a boat near Breton Island, Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Floegel/Greenpeace/Handout</p>

Deepwater Horizon Marine Conservationist and oil spill expert Rick Steiner collects a sample of oil and water from a boat near Breton Island, Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Floegel/Greenpeace/Handout

Deepwater Horizon Marine Conservationist and oil spill expert Rick Steiner collects a sample of oil and water from a boat near Breton Island, Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Floegel/Greenpeace/Handout

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<p>Members of Elastec/American Marine Inc., a marine science engineering company, prepare to deploy a lighting agent on oil contained in a boom off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Jeffery Tilghman Williams/U.S. Navy/Handout</p>

Members of Elastec/American Marine Inc., a marine science engineering company, prepare to deploy a lighting agent on oil contained in a boom off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Jeffery Tilghman Williams/U.S....more

Members of Elastec/American Marine Inc., a marine science engineering company, prepare to deploy a lighting agent on oil contained in a boom off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Jeffery Tilghman Williams/U.S. Navy/Handout

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<p>Workers set booms around the brown pelican colony at Breton Island, near the coast of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout</p>

Workers set booms around the brown pelican colony at Breton Island, near the coast of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout

Workers set booms around the brown pelican colony at Breton Island, near the coast of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout

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<p>Fishermen wait to talk to a representative to register to use their boats and help with the cleanup effort for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, in Venice, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Aubry/Greenpeace/Handout</p>

Fishermen wait to talk to a representative to register to use their boats and help with the cleanup effort for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, in Venice, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Aubry/Greenpeace/Handout

Fishermen wait to talk to a representative to register to use their boats and help with the cleanup effort for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, in Venice, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Aubry/Greenpeace/Handout

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<p>BP Community Coordinator David Kinnard answers questions and concerns of the Vietnamese and Cantonese fishing community at the China Sea Restaurant in Buras, Louisiana May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner</p>

BP Community Coordinator David Kinnard answers questions and concerns of the Vietnamese and Cantonese fishing community at the China Sea Restaurant in Buras, Louisiana May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

BP Community Coordinator David Kinnard answers questions and concerns of the Vietnamese and Cantonese fishing community at the China Sea Restaurant in Buras, Louisiana May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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<p>Huong Nguyen and her grandson Khang Vo, 2, sit on the floor as local Vietnamese and Cantonese fishermen try to gain information from BP Community Coordinator David Kinnard at the crowded China Sea Restaurant in Buras, Louisiana, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner</p>

Huong Nguyen and her grandson Khang Vo, 2, sit on the floor as local Vietnamese and Cantonese fishermen try to gain information from BP Community Coordinator David Kinnard at the crowded China Sea Restaurant in Buras, Louisiana, May 6, 2010....more

Huong Nguyen and her grandson Khang Vo, 2, sit on the floor as local Vietnamese and Cantonese fishermen try to gain information from BP Community Coordinator David Kinnard at the crowded China Sea Restaurant in Buras, Louisiana, May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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<p>The Barge Joe Griffin transports the Subsea Oil Recovery System out of Port Fourchon, Louisiana May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner</p>

The Barge Joe Griffin transports the Subsea Oil Recovery System out of Port Fourchon, Louisiana May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

The Barge Joe Griffin transports the Subsea Oil Recovery System out of Port Fourchon, Louisiana May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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<p>A shrimp boat takes part in a cleaning operation for oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, east of the mouth of the Mississippi river, near the coast of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout</p>

A shrimp boat takes part in a cleaning operation for oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, east of the mouth of the Mississippi river, near the coast of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout

A shrimp boat takes part in a cleaning operation for oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, east of the mouth of the Mississippi river, near the coast of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout

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<p>Kenneth Jones, captain and owner of a commercial fishing boat listens to a BP contractor lead a class in BP's "Vessel of Opportunity" program in Biloxi, Mississippi May 5, 2010. The program trains boat operators in treating the oil spill. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Kenneth Jones, captain and owner of a commercial fishing boat listens to a BP contractor lead a class in BP's "Vessel of Opportunity" program in Biloxi, Mississippi May 5, 2010. The program trains boat operators in treating the oil spill....more

Kenneth Jones, captain and owner of a commercial fishing boat listens to a BP contractor lead a class in BP's "Vessel of Opportunity" program in Biloxi, Mississippi May 5, 2010. The program trains boat operators in treating the oil spill. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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