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"AP IMPACT: Many Gulf Federal Judges Have Oil Links"

"More than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases, an Associated Press analysis of judicial financial disclosure reports shows."

Source: AP, 06/07/2010

"La. Workers Fear Job Losses With Drilling Stopped"

"During President Obama's visit to the Louisiana coast, he got an earful from local officials about his six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Many people -- from work boat captains to offshore caterers -- say shutting down the industry for that long could be a bigger economic blow to the region than the oil spill itself."

Source: NPR, 06/07/2010

"Federal Funding Cuts Leave Oceanographers, Spill Responders in Dark"

Jane Lubchenco, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told reporters yesterday that funding cuts in recent years for instrumental ocean observation programs have left scientists trying to track the movement of spilled oil partly in the dark.

Source: Greenwire, 06/04/2010


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