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3 Years Of Gulf Oil Spill Photos Show Ongoing Impact

James Gerken, Huffington Post

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Dead mangrove, formerly dense, green and a nesting sight for brown pelicans, egrets and roaseate spoon bill, which was directly impacted by oil from the nation's worst offshore oil spill, is seen as it erodes into Barataria Bay at Cat Island and Bay Jimmy in Plaquemines Parish, La., Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 

07/15/13 | July 15, 2013 marks the third anniversary of BP stopping an uncontrolled flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and killed 11 men, BP capped the undersea well that had leaked millions of barrels of crude and fouled thousands of miles of shoreline.

In June 2013, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard announced an end to "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Yet cleanup work continues for dozens of miles of Louisiana coastline.

Later that month, officials reported they had dug up a 165 foot by 65 foot slab of oil and wet sand near a Louisiana beach. The 40,000 pound tar mat -- recovered in chunks about 90 miles south of New Orleans at the edge of Barataria Bay -- is only a fraction of the nearly 3 million pounds of waste BP has recovered in Louisiana in 2013, reports CNN.

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