People tend to assume that if a topic disappears from the mainstream public eye, that it is resolved. On the contrary, consequences are usually still unfolding long after a story is no long deemed newsworthy. The BP oil spill may have happened back in 2010, but its lasting effects are far from over.

Only 17% of the oil was actually cleaned up, according to Al Jazeera, and there are still 200 miles of oiled coast. Since the spill, eyeless shrimp, crabs without claws, and fish with open lesions have been found in the waters of the Gulf Coast.

If that doesn’t stop you from wanting Gulf Coast seafood, Auburn researchers revealed that the bacteria vibrio vulnificus, the leading cause of seafood contamination related deaths, is ten times more prevalent in Deepwater Horizon tarballs, blobs of petroleum weathered by the ocean, than the surrounding sand, and 100 times more prevalent than seawater.

The continued turmoil doesn’t stop at the environment. At one point, commercial and recreational fishers were not allowed in 40% of Gulf Coast waters. According to Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, by 2017 the Gulf of Mexico economy is expected to have an $8.7 billion loss. This is due to the lack of revenue, which in turn has caused companies to cut wages and discontinue the jobs of about 22,000 people.

The non-profit sector, including wildlife preservation, has also taken a hit. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, because of the economic state, “…individuals and businesses alike, have been less able to make charitable donations, directly impacting non-profit organizations.” These organizations may be able to benefit from the help of a non-profit oil spill claim lawyer, who can help them prepare their claims or appeal denied ones.

BP wants the public to think that it has cleaned up its mess, and therefore should be able to move past this scot-free, but the reality of the situation is that even though the oil spill was an accident, it has caused far more damage than BP has compensated its victims for.

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