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Oil surrounds the site of the Deepwater Horizon (Credit: AP)

Oil surrounds the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (May 31, 2010)

Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill photos in the Gulf of Mexico

An oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana April 20, 2010. Eleven workers died and thousands of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.
MORE: Complete coverage of the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants
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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the BP offshore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico. (Aug. 21, 2010)

A deepwater oil platform burns after a massive
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A deepwater oil platform burns after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. (April 22, 2010)

FILE - In this aerial file photo taken
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FILE - In this aerial file photo taken Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, an oil slick is seen as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns. The oil rig, which erupted in flames March 20, 2010, and is at the center of a massive spill off the Louisiana coast, has a history of minor incidents attributed to equipment failure, human error and bad weather during its nine-year operating history, according to official records.

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Oil surrounds the site of the Deepwater Horizon
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Oil surrounds the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (May 31, 2010)

Officer Henry Romeu surveys the waters of the
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Officer Henry Romeu surveys the waters of the Gulf of Mexico from a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft in support of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. (May 29, 2010)

Cleaned pelicans, formerly oiled from the Deepwater Horizon
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Cleaned pelicans, formerly oiled from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, are released at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast. (June 23, 2010)

Cleaned pelicans, formerly oiled from the Deepwater Horizon
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Cleaned pelicans, formerly oiled from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, are released at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast. (June 23, 2010)

Cleaned pelicans, formerly oiled from the Deepwater Horizon
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Cleaned pelicans, formerly oiled from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, are released at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast. (June 23, 2010)

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The deck of the Pacific Responder oil skimming
(Credit: Patrick Semansky)

The deck of the Pacific Responder oil skimming vessel is reflected in the safety glasses of Marine Spill Response Corporation employee Robert Strong on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (July 14, 2010)

A flock of pelicans fly over black crude
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A flock of pelicans fly over black crude oil in Caminada Pass at Elmer's Island on the Louisiana gulf coast. (July 9, 2010)

A member of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff
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A member of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff reaches into thick oil on the surface of the northern regions of Barataria Bay in Plaquemines Parish, La. (June 15, 2010)

This image from video provided by BP PLC
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This image from video provided by BP PLC shows oil continuing to gush from the broken wellhead, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. (June 23, 2010)

An egret lands at Bayou Caddy in Hancock
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An egret lands at Bayou Caddy in Hancock County as efforts continue to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (May 27, 2010)

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One hundred and twenty seven sea turtle eggs
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One hundred and twenty seven sea turtle eggs are excavated from a nest on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama. The eggs will be taken in coolers to Cape Canaveral, Florida, in an effort to protect them from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (July 14, 2010)

Research assistant Megan Broadway holds an injured sea
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Research assistant Megan Broadway holds an injured sea turtle at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss., May 1, 2010. The institute is helping marine mammals injured by the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Brown Pelican sits, covered in oil on
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A Brown Pelican sits, covered in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast.

BP CEO Tony Hayward arrives on Capitol Hill
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BP CEO Tony Hayward arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington to testify before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing. (June 17, 2010)

A bottle-nose dolphin swims in shallow, oil-tainted waters
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A bottle-nose dolphin swims in shallow, oil-tainted waters along the beach in Grand Isle, La. (May 28, 2010)

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An oil-stained Sandwich Tern sits on oil absorbent
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An oil-stained Sandwich Tern sits on oil absorbent boom in Long Bay west of Port Sulpher, Louisiana. The bird was reported and delivered to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for rehabilitation, Saturday. (June 19, 2010)

A worker loads a bin containing oil spill
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A worker loads a bin containing oil spill waste on to a Waste Management in Orange Beach, Ala. (June 17, 2010)

Oil covered brown pelicans found off the Louisiana
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Oil covered brown pelicans found off the Louisiana coast wait in a holding pen for cleaning at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La. (June 9, 2010)

Workers prepare to lay snare boom used remove
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Workers prepare to lay snare boom used remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Belle Terre, La. (June 9, 2010)

Workers use a suction hose to remove oil
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Workers use a suction hose to remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Belle Terre, La. (June 9, 2010)

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APTN photographer Rich Matthews takes a closer look
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APTN photographer Rich Matthews takes a closer look at oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, La.. (June 7, 2010)

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill pools against
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Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill pools against the Louisiana coast along Barataria Bay. (June 8, 2010)

APTN photographer Rich Matthews takes a closer look
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APTN photographer Rich Matthews takes a closer look at oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, La.. (June 7, 2010)

Marine reef ecologist Scott Porter works to remove
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Marine reef ecologist Scott Porter works to remove oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill off his hand in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, La. (June 7, 2010)

Patches of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill
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Patches of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill are seen from an underwater vantage in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, La. (June 7, 2010)

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A Brown Pelican is cleaned at the Fort
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A Brown Pelican is cleaned at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Buras, La., on May 15, 2010.

Jolie Van Gilder holds her mother's hand during
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Jolie Van Gilder holds her mother's hand during a rally against BP PLC and the Gulf Coast oil spill in New Orleans.

This image from video provided by BP PLC
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This image from video provided by BP PLC on June 7 shows the leaking from the well head around the capping device in the Gulf of Mexico.

A brown pelican covered in oil sits on
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A brown pelican covered in oil sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (June 3, 2010)

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen briefs reporters
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U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2010)

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Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn holds
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Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn holds up a small oil-covered fish at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana Sunday. (June 6, 2010)

A brown pelican is mired in oil near
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A brown pelican is mired in oil near the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

A Brown Pelican is seen on the beach
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A Brown Pelican is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Thursday. (June 3, 2010)

Oil drips from a glove dipped into the
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Oil drips from a glove dipped into the water during a tour by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal of an area impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at Pass a Loutre, La. (June 2, 2010)

A protester screams after pouring mock oil over
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A protester screams after pouring mock oil over herself outside a BP gas station in NYC. Protesters were demonstrating against the company's role in the April 22 Gulf of Mexico oil spill catastrophe. (May 28, 2010)

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President Barack Obama, Coast Guard Commandant charged with
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President Barack Obama, Coast Guard Commandant charged with overseeing the oil spill response Admiral Thad Allen, and LaFourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf, speak near boom as they tour Port Fourchon Beach, Louisiana. Obama arrived in Louisiana to view the oil spill response amid suspense over the latest bid to cap the massive leak in the Gulf of Mexico. (May 28, 2010)

President Barack Obama answers questions after touring the
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President Barack Obama answers questions after touring the beach at Port Fourchon with Adm. Thad Allen and Parish president Charlotte Randolph in Port Fourchon, La. (May 28, 2010)

President Barack Obama and LaFourche Parish president Charlotte
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President Barack Obama and LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph show small amounts of oil washed up as "tar balls" during a tour of areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill in Port Fourchon, La. (May 28, 2010)

A gull tries to grab bread thrown to
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A gull tries to grab bread thrown to it by U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers near Venice at the mouth of the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico. (May 31, 2010)

Members of the Louisiana National Guard install floating
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Members of the Louisiana National Guard install floating dams designed to protect the beach from incoming oil at the Grand Isle East State Park May 26, 2010 on Grand Isle, La. (May 27, 2010)

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Oil floats ashore at the Grand Isle East
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Oil floats ashore at the Grand Isle East State Park on Grand Isle, Louisiana. (May 27, 2010)

Another view of the Grand Isle East State
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Another view of the Grand Isle East State Park on Grand Isle, La. (May 27, 2010)

Television satellite trucks occupy a closed beach on
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Television satellite trucks occupy a closed beach on Grand Isle, La. (May 27, 2010)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, third from left, scoops
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, third from left, scoops crude oil from the water during a tour of areas where oil has come ashore with Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser,, second from left, James Carville and Anderson Cooper near Brush Island, La. (May 26, 2010)

A brown pelican affected by the BP oil
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A brown pelican affected by the BP oil spill is washed at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fort Jackson, La. (May 26, 2010)

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A brown pelican affected by the BP oil
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A brown pelican affected by the BP oil spill is washed at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fort Jackson, La. (May 26, 2010)

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill found
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Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill found at Pass-A-Loutre, La., more than a week ago has still not been cleaned up on Wednesday. (May 26, 2010)

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