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In this Dec. 16 photo, workers dig up sand impacted by the BP PLC oil spill on a beach on East Grand Terre Island on the coast of Louisiana. Crews have been scouring the Gulf Coast's sandy shores for oil digging, scraping, tilling and sifting beach after beach in their hunt. There is still an untold amount of oil in the form of gooey, largely non-toxic tar, lying under sand, mud and oyster shells along the shores, leaving the prospect that tar balls may wash up from time to time for months, if not years.

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Interior allows some suspended drilling to resume

Thirteen companies whose deepwater drilling activities were suspended last year may be able to resume drilling without detailed environmental reviews, the Obama administration said Monday.

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