Gulf Harvesters Offered More Money for BP Damage

By: Cain Burdeau, Associated Press
By: Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who've reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being
offered a more generous settlement package due to lingering
uncertainties over seafood.

On Wednesday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing payments from
a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the 2010 oil spill,
said he would offer shrimpers and crabbers four times their
documented losses in 2010 to settle their claims against BP.

On its website, the Feinberg-directed Gulf Coast Claims Facility
said it recognized "the ongoing uncertainty regarding the state of
the commercial harvesting of shrimp and crabs in the Gulf and the
uncertainty of any ongoing impact from the spill."

But the heftier offer is unlikely to assuage many shrimpers and
crab harvesters who say the claims process has been unfair.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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