It has been over two years since something went seriously amok in the Gulf of Mexico. Government investigators are still attempting to piece together the sequence of events.
Gulf fisherman reel from seafood troubles tells that Louisiana fishermen are making about as much money as pre-Deepwater Horizon, but that is because seafood prices have increased. Catches, especially for brown shrimp are down. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there are many anomalies in the Gulf, but it is too early to identify causes.
Gulf of Mexico Leak Estimates Return to Haunt BP tells that the energy company could be fined $1,100 per barrel of oil leaked into the Gulf. Because of the depth, it has been difficult to obtain accurate estimates of how much oil escaped into the Gulf. Originally it was estimated at 8,000 barrels a day and now the worst-case estimates exceed 100,000 barrels a day.
UWF: Most oil from BP spill gone from Gulf along Panhandle tells the University of West Florida has scoured the Gulf and cannot find large mats of oil waiting to wash ashore. They caution though, there could be tar balls buried under sandbars that could trouble beach-goers years in the future.
So did we dodge a bullet with the oil spill? Hardly anyone would have expected 270 million gallons of oil to mysteriously vanish. It is hard to believe, but researchers have looked, and have not found large deposits of oil. Perhaps the Gulf is far more resilient than we earlier believed.