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FILE: Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, listens for questions from the audience regarding the gulf oil spill claims process at the Mississippi College Law Review Symposium in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A year ago today, an offshore drilling rig the size of a 40-story hotel suffered an explosion from which it would never recover. That rig was the now-infamous Deepwater Horizon, and after being engulfed in flames and killing 11 workers, it sank and left a gushing well to spew millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

So began the largest manmade catastrophe since the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, a disaster that has quashed the livelihoods of fishermen—some arguably forever—and inflicted harm of still relatively unknown proportions on the Gulf’s ecosystem.  

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