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Five years ago oil leaked from an underwater well and into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. The well was operated by the energy company BP. The oil spill polluted major fishing areas, estuaries and beaches along the Gulf coast of the southeastern United States. BP was judged responsible, and recently agreed to pay $18.7 billion to coastal states. That money can help pay for environmental and economic restoration efforts. Traditionally, about 70 percent of the shrimp Americans eat comes from the area. Large parts of the gulf were closed to fishing after the oil spill. Coastal fishing areas are now open. But the owner of Blanchard Seafood says many of his former buyers never came back. Dean Blanchard says his business is probably losing $20 million a year in sales. He is still angry at BP. He says the oil companies in the gulf only think about profits and not the environment. Port Fourchon has one of the largest oil and gas operation centers in the United States. It is near Dean Blanchard’s business on Grande Isle. Kyle Graham heads Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. He says the state’s share of the BP settlement money will permit Louisiana to fix some problems. Visitors are returning, but there still are many effects from the BP oil spill. Studies have found oil and other chemicals on the sea floor of the Gulf and in the shells and bodies of different kinds of water animals. Kyle Graham says a full recovery will require more work.