This Thursday, July 25, 2013 image provided by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement shows the aftermath of the fire aboard Hercules 265 gas well seen during an overflight observation after the drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists are trying to figure out if a well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers gathered water samples about five miles from the rig Saturday, July 27. That's as close as Coast Guard officials allowed them to get. They also released long cylinders that will drift with the current, tracking the likely path of any contamination. (AP Photo/Bureau of Safety aqnd Environmental Enforcement)

This Thursday, July 25, 2013 image provided by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement shows the aftermath of the fire aboard Hercules 265 gas well seen during an overflight observation after the drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists are trying to figure out if a well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers gathered water samples about five miles from the rig Saturday, July 27. That's as close as Coast Guard officials allowed them to get. They also released long cylinders that will drift with the current, tracking the likely path of any contamination. (AP Photo/Bureau of Safety aqnd Environmental Enforcement)

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