Based on the work of environmental scientists, economists and other experts, the report acknowledges that “prediction is not an exact science” but estimates that the gulf should recover by the end of 2012. The hardest-hit oyster beds could take much longer to come back, it says. #

Florida officials, including state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, have sought input on Feinberg’s formulas. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility will be posting all the written comments it receives, including those from public officials, on its website, according to a news release from Feinberg’s staff. #

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