(Bloomberg) — The bulk of the money from BP Plc's record settlement will go to the five states along the Gulf of Mexico whose shores were blackened in the 2010 oil spill.

From Florida to Texas, the deal will help rebuild communities and restore publicly owned natural resources destroyed by the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. In addition to the coastal damage, thousands of water fowl, sea turtles, wild animals and marine life were killed.

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