Wednesday marked the six-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Six months after the Deepwater Horizon explosion oil is no longer gushing into the sea and people are returning to white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast.
Still, BP continues its deep beach cleaning operation.
Even though the well is permanently sealed, oil is still coming ashore.
The federal government says 560 miles of coastline have oil on them across four states.
93 percent of gulf waters are open for fishing, but Louisiana's shrimp catch is down 52 percent through the first six months of this year.
Businesses crippled by the spill continue to pile up claims.
More than 220,000 have been filed, but only 76,000 have been approved and paid.
Experts believe it could take years before the spill's effects on the gulf region are fully understood.