Deepwater Horizon spill: Five years later, endless problems

The oil slick as seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on 24 May 2010

The oil slick as seen from space by NASA’s Terra satellite on 24 May 2010

Five years have passed since BP’s Macondo well exploded leading to the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The story of the Deepwater Horizon spill no longer draws much media attention, but the problems have not gone away.

U.S. readers can watch the award-winning documentary on the aftermath of the spill, The Great Invisible, tonight on PBS.

In the Nation, an article on the slow pace of BP claims payments shows that small business owners are still struggling. In fact, according to the article, most Gulf Coast businesses are still waiting — five years on —  for damage payments. Many can no longer afford to wait and have closed shop.

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