Baldwin County Four Years After The BP Oil Spill

Baldwin County Four Years After The BP Oil Spill

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GULF SHORES, Alabama - In the spring and summer of 2010, Baldwin County's beaches looked like a war zone.

Tar balls covered miles and miles of beaches, oil sheen could be seen on the surface of the Gulf and in many of the back bays and clean-up crews outnumbered tourists.

Four years later, local leaders, business owners and residents are, for the most part, pleased with how BP has handled restoration efforts.

The environmental impacts of the oil spill are still visible, however, and will be for years. Tar balls continue to wash ashore on a regular basis, especially after heavy storms.

Many beach businesses are reporting record sales and more customers. Business owners credit the oil giant's multi-million dollar tourism and marketing campaign for bringing visitors back to Pleasure Island.

The impacts of the oil spill are slowly fading...life is getting back to normal here. But locals are taking the "gone but never forgotten" approach when remembering what happened here in 2010.    
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