Six months after the Deepwater Horizon Spill
On Wednesday, it will be six months since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and setting off the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
I made several trips to the gulf this summer, starting before the oil had even reached land (I wrapped up the first tarball I saw in a piece of notebook paper, as evidence I'd actually seen it). I was in Alabama on the day that the spill was finally capped, talking to beach-town residents who felt as if their lives had become a Groundhog Day rerun of oily beaches and empty shops.
Last week, I went back to see what life was like along the Gulf Coast now, three months after the oil stopped flowing. I found that the oil has largely disappeared from the surface, though there are still serious concerns about what it's doing, unseen, on the bottom of the gulf.
I also heard people say that BP's millions of dollars, paid out in an effort to keep the gulf as it was, wound up changing life along the coast considerably. The full story can be read here.
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David A. Fahrenthold
| October 19, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
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