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KING 5 News Environmental Specialist Gary Chittim is in the Gulf Coast region where millions of gallons of oil have already gushed out of what's left of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded and sank nearly a month ago.

The oil threatens one of the most ecologically fragile areas along the U.S. coast.

In a series of reports, Chittim will look at the developments and how the Pacific Northwest is playing an integral role in trying to prevent an environmental disaster:

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