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Long road to oil cleanup looms over Gulf Coast

Residents along the Gulf Coast are increasingly realizing it's going to be a long time before their home areas are what they used to be.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen plans to give an update on the oil
containment effort this morning at the White House. He warned
yesterday that the overall battle is likely to stretch into the fall.

A ruptured wellhead has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico
since a BP rig explosion in April. A device began capturing some
oil last week and is slowly siphoning off more of the flow.

Meanwhile, BP says the cost of the company's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached about $1.25 billion.

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