One-Year Anniversary of Gulf Oil Spill

A year after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, small businesses in the Gulf region are still struggling with fewer customers and an uncertain future.

Along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida, small marinas, seafood restaurants, commercial fish operations and others report bruising declines in business compared with a year ago. Their slow recovery could test the resilience of the Gulf's economy, observers say.

As scientists set out late last year to document the effects of the BP oil spill, they found something amazing. It seemed the fish had not heard all the foreboding talk about the oil’s devastating impacts. Instead, they were thriving. Trawling surveys done in the fall of 2010 caught triple the number of marine creatures as prior years. With no one netting them, it seemed, the fish were surging.

A team that's spent two decades studying psychological distress among residents who lived near the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska has found striking similarities among those affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill.