BP oil spill

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, center, arrives at a press conference followed by Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West, far left, and lead by Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, top right, to speak about the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill settlement and criminal penalties in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.  Holder said the settlement and indictments aren't the end of federal authorities' efforts and that the criminal investigation is continuing. Holder says much of the money BP has agreed to pay will be used to restore the environment in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

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When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had destroyed his livelihood.

Some 33,000 people, including Barisich, are participating in a massive federal study that aims to determine any short or possible long-term health effects related to the spill. (AP)

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