21 Apr '11, 1am

‘BP hasn’t made people whole’ via @grist

‘BP hasn’t made people whole’ via @grist

The Gulf oil disaster largely disappeared from the headlines last August, after the well was finally capped and the federal government declared that most of the oil was "gone ." For Gulf coast residents, though, the nightmare was just beginning. A year later, business hasn't come back for many in fishing and tourism, and the compensation check from BP still hasn't arrived. In the areas closest to the shores, people are reporting health problems consistent with exposure to chemicals. Dead turtles, dolphins, and fish are still washing ashore. So are tar balls. So while most of the country has moved on, a number of Gulf coast residents have been in D.C. over the past week to tell decisionmakers one thing: It's not over. Mother Jones talked with several Gulf residents who have become advocates for their communities in the wake of the spill. Kindra Arnesen, 33, of Buras, La. Ar...

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