Responsibility Uncertain for Oil Spill Workers' Compensation

Given the fact that around 24,000 people -- mostly contractors --have flooded the Gulf to work on the oil spill cleanup, it's inevitable that accidents and injuries will occur. A number of workers have already been injured or are suffering from illnesses that may be related to exposure to oil, chemical dispersants, or cleanup chemicals.

When oil spill workers are sickened or injured doing this critical work, who will take responsibility for paying out their workers' compensation claims?

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