Tackling questions of liability, cleanup and consequences

On the evening of April 20, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and injuring 17. Two days later it sank in 5,000 feet of water.

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“I would look at your filter feeders first, and then your crabs and your shrimp, on up the food chain to coastal fishes,” said Ron Kendall, director of the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University.

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