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Quote of the week [May 25, 2010]


  "I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest. It is impossible to say and we will mount, as part of the aftermath, a very detailed environmental assessment, but everything we can see at the moment suggests that the overall environmental impact will be very, very modest." — BP chief executive Tony Hayward on May 18, the day the government expanded the no-fishing zone from 7 percent to 19 percent of federal Gulf waters. Two days later, BP acknowledged that more oil was pouring into the Gulf than the company had previously admitted but said the original figure (210,000 gallons a day) had always been an "estimate."

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