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27 Jul 2010

Justin Gillis & Campbell Robertson, New York Times

On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay [USA]

The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected...[but this]...does not end the many problems and scientific uncertainties associated with the spill... Fishermen along the coast are deeply skeptical..., expressing concern about the long-term effects of the chemical dispersants used to combat the spill and of the submerged oil... [The] Obama administration, in conjunction with BP, will soon have to make decisions about how quickly to begin scaling down the large-scale — and expensive — response effort... The response itself has become the principal livelihood for thousands of fishermen and other workers... [F]ishermen are unconvinced that the gradual disappearance of oil on the surface means they will be able to return to work soon...Mickey Johnson, who owns a shrimp boat in Bayou La Batre, Ala., point[ed] out that shrimpers trawl near the sea floor. “Our whole big concern has always been the bottom,” Mr. Johnson said.