NEW ORLEANS - Easter Sunday will mark four years since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster dumped an estimated 200 million gallons of oil into the gulf.
Now, a local filmmaker's first screening of a new documentary is sparking more controversy. It centers around the recovery efforts and the long-term impacts on coastal communities.
The film "The Restoration" focuses on a controversial topic that seems to have gone ignored, the long-term health impacts the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had on people.
Filmmaker Drew Landry said it is the reason he started the project, and it's one that hits close to home.
"I was getting calls for friends in Grand Isle and Mississippi that their kids were sick and they all had really similar respiratory problems that were not going away," says Landry.
The film follows four fishing families through the claims process and their search for medical answers and treatments.
"These were young health people that, right now, can do anything and they are on Social Security," said Dr. Mike Robichaux, an ear, nose and throat specialist. "We are paying for them. BP has not paid a nickle for any of their care and there is no question their illnesses were associated with this."
Robichaux, who is also featured in the film, said he treated over 100 patients who became sick after coming into contact with the toxic chemicals that make up the oil dispersants used in the clean-up efforts.