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Gulf Reopens for Drilling as Obama Administration Accused of Low-Balling Effects of Spill

Yana Kunichoff @ Truthout - As the Obama administration announces the launch of its Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, including a plan to lease oil and gas production in parts of the Gulf of Mexico, a scientific integrity complaint alleges that officials "manipulated" scientific data about the effects of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil leak.  Read more.

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