Travel to the Gulf rebounds 2 years after oil spill

GULF SHORES, AL (WTVM) - On April 20, 2010, an oil rig operated by British Petroleum, BP, exploded on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killing 11 employees and spilling nearly 5-million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. 

The spill was eventually capped in July 2010, 87 days after more than 200 million gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf.

The spill had travelers avoiding the Gulf like the plague.  Travel agent, Donna Comer, said it has been two years and the Gulf is finally rebounding.

"People waited it out and it took a while before they were ready to go back down to the beach," Comer remembers.

 But, Comer and others who own condos and homes in the Gulf say Spring Break 2012 has been the best yet. People are renting in the Gulf and they are finally getting a return on their investment.

"I just got back from the beach. The water is gorgeous and the beach is beautiful. It is the prettiest I have seen it in a long time."

While the beach may be prettier than ever, she admits prices are on the rise.

"I think because of gas prices being higher. So, it is limiting people.  They are not able to fly and they are not able to travel further distances. So, they are heading down to the Gulf and I think the Gulf is trying to re-coup some of the loss and they have raised the rates some."

British Petroleum, better known as BP, still has a presence in the Gulf and paid $150-million to tourism organizations in the four states. Comer said she saw them ride by several times checking the beach for debris during her last trip.

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