Pointe aux Chene native Mel Guidry still lives steps away from where he played as a kid, but nowadays, one can only swim there. Like much of this area of coastal Louisiana, where man’s degradation of natural protections has exacerbated the effects of erosion and storms, the yard was swallowed by water. In Isle de Jean Charles, a smaller community to the south, more than 90 percent of the original land mass is gone, prompting the first relocation due to climate change paid for by U.S. tax dollars.
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BP has plead guilty to felony misconduct and agreed to pay $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The disaster was the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven oil rig workers were killed and 4.9 million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf over 87 days. Here’s a look back at the oil spill and recovery efforts.