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Joel Pett / Lexington Herald-Leader (May 18, 2010) via McClatchy

Smoke On The Water

AssociatedPress – May 18, 2010 – New video released by BP shows oil and gas erupting from its crippled blowout preventer safety device on the ocean floor. Meantime Interior Secretary Ken Salazar acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities.


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    • Edger on May 19, 2010 at 16:09

    being a greedhead these days. Nobody will give you a break.

    Whatever happened to peace, love, and equality? 😉

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