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Chevron's Discoverer Deep Seas drillship seen off the coast of Louisiana drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico on March 28, 2006. Nearly three football fields long, the ship appears to idle, while a 200-person crew works around the clock, preparing an adjoining oil rig. This is the kind of deepwater oil discovery once thought to be out of reach, but with improved technology and climbing global oil prices, companies are spending billions developing oil fields that will substantially boost Gulf production.

PHOTO: Alex Brandon/AP/File

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