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April 21, 2015
Orange Beach Marina

COMING CLEAN Tourism booms but health concerns remain four years after Gulf oil spill

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Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:21 am | Updated: 2:27 pm, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

Today marks the four-year anniversary of the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven lives were lost on that day in 2010, and more than 200 million gallons of crude oil released into the Gulf of Mexico over the following months. To put that into perspective, the same volume of oil poured into the Empire State Building would reach the 77th floor — nearly three-quarters of the way to the top.

To many, things have returned to normal. Vacationers no longer see oil slicks sullying the beaches or filth-covered shore birds and poisoned fish.

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