It`s is a year since Deep water Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf og Mexico. Eleven people were killed in the accident and huge amounts of oil poured out into the water nearby. Many people continue to strugle with life after the disaster.
When President Obama stood on the beach of Louisiana and Florida last year, he was as powerless as just about everyone else. The fate of Deep water Horizon rig was in the hands of BP engineering and for almost three months, it gushed crude oil out into Gulf of Mexico in almost unimaginable volumes.
By the time the pipeline was capped, BP`s reputation was in ruins. Tourism across three states had ground to a half and the livelihood of countless fisherman was threatened.
Twelve month later, the healing process has been slow; tourists are beginning to return. But for many people still seeking compensation. Almost $4 billion has been paid to those who lost business, but many view the process as confusing, unfair and to slow.
Many questions also remain about environmental damage. Most scientist agree it wasn't as severe as firs thought, but the long-term effect of such as huge catastrophe will take years to unfold. The last of fishing waters that were closed last year have finally been re-opened, but for the people of the Gulf States, the scars have far from healed.