When oil washed ashore in Pensacola, Fla., it left an ugly stain that brought out hundreds of BP workers to clean the beach. It is uncertain how much money BP will have to pay in compensation, cleanup and penalties for the oil spill. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Shrimp boats sit in the Pass Christian Harbor in Pass Christian, Miss. Many fishermen, seafood buyers and others in the Gulf operate with cash, which may cause problems when they cannot present the documents needed to receive government compensation. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Cleanup workers maneuver an oil boom in Bataria Bay on the coast of Louisiana. With the down economy, their are plenty of people hoping for cleanup jobs, but there are few to be found. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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