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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images hide caption

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The Transocean Discoverer Enterprise drill ship collects oil from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well as workers try to stem the flow of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, June 12, 2010. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Transocean To Pay $1.4 Billion In Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

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July 2010: Two pelicans sit on booms protecting Queen Bess Island, La., from oil that spilled after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April. Chris Graythen/Getty Images hide caption

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Men fish off a pier at a jetty in Dauphin Island, Ala., with oil rigs in the background. The U.S. government is changing how it regulates drilling platforms.

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