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By: Catie Leary on Dec. 25, 2010, 9:59 a.m.
Gulf coast residents hold a banner in Orange Beach, Alabama

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Outraged Gulf Coast residents

Bridget Hood (from left) and Emily Davis hold a banner on June 12 as they gather with other Gulf Coast residents to protest the handling of the Gulf oil spill cleanup near Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala.

In addition to harming the local ecosystems and wildlife of the Gulf, the spill also made a significant impact on the economy and the coastal way of life.