Life on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico

As workers fret about their future, CNNMoney.com got a rare look at how an oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, after the BP oil spill disaster, works.

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Sensitive ecosystem
Sensitive ecosystem
South of New Orleans, Louisiana's bayou is one of the most sensitive and stressed ecosystems in the world, and home to much of the Gulf oil industry.
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Last updated July 01 2010: 5:09 PM ET
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