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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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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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