At 5,000 barrels per day for five months, it’s no surprise that the public’s chief concern regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was for the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem.
But the oil has affected more than just wildlife.
In fact, the event has had a significant impact on the human population of the Panhandle, affecting everything from personal morale to the economy.
According to some experts, the region has lost upward of 48,000 jobs and $182 million in lost sales tax revenue.
A new program, called the Deepwater Horizon National Emergency Grant, aims to help those who have been displaced by the spill.
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