Local Impact From BP Oil Spill One Year Later
One year ago today the worst environmental disaster in American History unfolded when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Although none of the oil made it to our Gulf Coast, it still had an impact here in North Central Florida. Edward Ellison of Horseshoe Beach who's family has commercially- fished in the Gulf Coast for five generations said things are getting better but this last year was difficult. He estimates before the oil spill fishing brought in around $5 million to the local economy, since the spill, only a half a million. For some business owners BP was the final straw. Ellison received some claims compensation from BP and said he is overall pleased with how they have handled the distribution. The $20 billion Gulf Coast claims process is still taking claims... but its a slow process for many people to get their money.
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