+ A company that had been a cleanup contractor in Florida and is now operating in Michigan to deal with the spill on the Kalamazoo River, is under federal investigation for worker safety and immigration violations.

+ Claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg says most of the claims received so far by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility lacked adequate documentation.

+ The Obama Administration’s new oil regulator finds himself at the center of a controversy surrounding proposed offshore drilling rules. Oil companies are itching to resume drilling once the moratorium is lifted.

+ Exxon still owes $92 million in payments for long-term damages caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, according to the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (via).

+ Teams are still removing weathered oil near the Florida coast.

On Friday, Coast Guard Lt. Stephen West with the Incident Command Post finally confirmed an area of oil a quarter of a mile long and up to 50 to 60 feet off Barrancas Beach at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

He also confirmed that buckets of sunken oil were being pulled up in another area of Pensacola Bay, near Fort Pickens at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

+ Workers are combing nearby waterways looking for more, but they don’t appear to be finding much, according to the Pensacola News-Journal.

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