20 Apr '11, 2am

One year after the US Gulf Coast oil spill, life slowly returns to normal - but questions remain

One year after the US Gulf Coast oil spill, life slowly returns to normal - but questions remain

In the months since the April 20, 2010, blast aboard the Deepwater Horizon, an administrator has handed out US$3.8 billion (S$4.7 billion) from a $20 billion claims fund set up by BP. The number of cleanup workers went from 48,000 at the height of the spill to 2,000 today. Most scientists agree the effects 'were not as severe as many had predicted,' said Professor Christopher D'Elia, dean at the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. 'People had said this was an ecological Armageddon, and that did not come to pass.' -- AP

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