(CBS) Louisiana state officials flew over a sheen of oil still coating the Gulf - one year after the biggest environmental disaster in the nation's history.
In a marsh near the mouth of the Mississippi River - mud mixes with oil...
(nats: mud with clicking cameras in background)
(video of underwater oil cam: handout from BP :16-:19)
...part of what's left after more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled out
of the doomed Deepwater Horizon.
(video of explosion: handout from U.S. Coast Guard :22-:25) (still provided by
Weise family :25-:30)
Eleven men died when the oil rig exploded... including 24-year-old Adam Weise
(pronounced Wise-eee). His body was never found.
(SOT: Sarah Wiese/Victim's Sister) :30-:34
"IT'S HARD TO KNOW THAT'S WHERE MY BROTHER IS... HE'S AT THE BOTTOM OF THE
GULF OF MEXICO."
The explosion didn't just take lives... the resulting oil spill devastated the
region's environment and economy.
(STANDUP: Randall Pinkston/Pensacola, FL) :43-:53
"ALL ALONG THE GULF COAST, FISHING AND TOURISM PROVIDE JOBS AND TAX DOLLARS
FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. AFTER THE BP OIL SPILL, FISHERMAN LOST THEIR
LIVELIHOODS AND TOURISTS VANISHED."
But a year later, Pensacola Beach restaurant owner Mike Pinzone says business
(SOT: Michael Pinzone/Pensacola Beach Restaurant Owner) 1:03-1:06
"WE'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF LOCALS AND A LOT OF SPRING BREAKERS.//WE'RE PROBABLY UP
15 OR 20 PERCENT."
(natSOT: BP ad: handout from BP) 1:06-1:15
"BP SAID THEY WERE GOING TO CLEAN IT UP//THEY KEPT THEIR WORD."
BP is spending millions on promotion ads to reassure potential tourists.
(SOT: Tina Ross-Seamans/Biloxi Bay, Mississippi Chamber of Commerce) 1:15-1:20
"IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE KNOW THAT OUR BEACHES ARE SAFE. THEY'RE CLEAN AND
WE JUST NEED PEOPLE ON THEM."
(nats: kids playing on beach)
Tourists ARE returning but some of them fear there's more oil out there... and
if there is... no one knows which way it will go.
At the height of the oil spill, 48,000 people worked on cleaning it up... now,
about 2,000 people are left.
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