The Disappearing Coast
April 20, 2012 It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP has spent billions of dollars cleaning up beaches and waterways — but the disaster isn't necessarily over.
December 23, 2010 Most of the Gulf of Mexico is back open for fishing, but the market hasn't been there for the seafood, so the industry has yet to rebound. The uncertainty in the aftermath of the disaster has taken a toll on people who relied on the Gulf for their livelihood.
December 1, 2010 Experts say they're finding similarities between the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska on March 24, 1989, and the Gulf of Mexico spill earlier this year — including mental health problems among the communities' residents.
November 30, 2010 Seven months after BP's oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers say more than one-third of coastal residents are experiencing symptoms of trauma. Aaron Hofer, an unemployed shrimper and crab picker in Bayou La Batre, Ala., and his wife, Lena, are bouncing from relatives' houses, surviving on food stamps — and trying to save their marriage.
September 28, 2010 Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is set to unveil the Obama's administration plans to restore the Gulf Coast and build it back better than it was before. Leaders in Louisiana, which is losing the equivalent of a football field of wetland every 50 minutes, say they need the federal government's help — now.
July 22, 2010 Since the first oil company arrived in the Gulf in the 1940s, the oil and fishing industries have had a contentious relationship. Over the years, oil exploration did provide some benefit for fishermen. But as one long-time shrimping family explains, the give-and-take may have reached a breaking point with the oil spill.
July 20, 2010 A family of Louisiana shrimpers has seen their coastline disappear over the years, accelerated by the ever-expanding oil industry. Now, the Chauvins are working for BP to clean up the oil spill that has further threatened the family's lifeline.