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2011 August 29
Gulf of Mexico

Our recent sightings and sampling of fresh oil bubbling to the surface near the site of the devastating Macondo well explosion in 2010 April have inspired scientists and journalists and environmentalists and attorneys, but they have not exactly delighted the US Coast Guard or the oil companies.  Here are some recent takes on it all by journalist Ben Raines (Aug 25 and Aug 26) and a New Orleans environmental attorney Stuart H. Smith (Aug 29).  Some interesting facts can be found in these articles and the references therein.