BP Oil Spill Claims Czar Returns to Gulf Coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bayou La Batre, AL (AP) - The administrator of BP's $20
billion oil spill claims fund returns to the Gulf Coast this week
amid increasing complaints that the program is failing to
compensate many in need.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg will meet Tuesday with residents,
business owners and fishermen in Bayou La Batre and Orange Beach
along the Alabama coast. He heads to the Florida Panhandle on
Wednesday.

Last week, Feinberg was greeted in Mississippi and Louisiana by
angry claimants who say they're not being compensated enough, or
not at all, for BP's April oil well blowout that killed 11 workers
and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Feinberg has repeatedly promised fairness and more transparency
in the process and says he's doing the best he can given the more
than 470,000 requests for money.

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


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  • by Skeptic Location: Florida on Jan 18, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    There are, of course, legitimate and verifiable claims. And if BP isn't paying legitimate and verifiable claims, they should be taken to task. It should be fairly easy to prove if this is happening. As for the "New York banker" (who's an attorney, not a banker), he has experience administering such funds. He won over even the harshest skeptics when administering the 9/11 fund, and I'm confident he'll get this mess straightened out.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Alligator Gar,nobody is calling anybody who deserves money a crackhead or methhead.They were talking about actual crackheads and methheads who also had an oyster license and got money that didn't deserve it.My gosh,can you read?Do you understand English?
  • by just sayin Location: tally on Jan 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    ALLIGATOR GAR...we had a govt shakedown BP for 20 billion and in return, they got their walking papers. Now, they're "shaking down" the gulf coast down. Did any conservatives expect anything different? Not this one!
  • by Alligator Gar Location: Panacea on Jan 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Actually, if you listen to what the elected officials in Plaquemines Parish are saying, their way of life is toast and this New York banker is not making it easier for them to start over. I wish those of you calling people who have been devastated by this disaster "crack heads" and "meth heads" and saying they are "shaking down" BP had to live in Plaquemines for just one day--I mean right on the oil-soaked bayou. Oh, and stuff down all that Corexit-infested seafood while you're at it. This has destroyed a way of life. If it had happened in New York not one of you would be calling the victims names or insinuating that they are sponging off of the "poor ole international (criminal) corporation." BP's officers and TransOcean's officers and Halliburton's officers should all be tried under each affected state's environmental laws and put UNDER the jail. Then let the out-of-work fishermen sue them INDIVIDUALLY!
  • by just sayin Location: tally on Jan 18, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    For all who relished in the shakedown of BP....told yall this was a slush fund for the democrats...just keep on standing there with your hand out. Google how much they've spent out of the 20 billion.
  • by Drake Location: Apalachicola on Jan 18, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    I know crack heads and meth heads that just had a oyster license that has received thousands of dollars from BP and the honest businessman in Franklin County, who has a right to the money has received squat. This who plan is a dang gum joke and the only a few deserving people have got benefits, while the scum of the Earth as sucking it dry.
  • by Skeptic Location: Florida on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    At this point I'm hearing more and more stories about people milking the system--doing things like working less so that they have less income so that they can claim a loss to BP, or seeking reimbursement for slowdowns in business that are more related to the general poor economy than the oil spill. Feinberg seems like a decent guy who's independent from BP and has no motivation to be anything other than honest and fair in paying claims--but he's not the kind of guy who will pay claims to people who can't document their losses.
  • by man oh man on Jan 17, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    What a terrible job this guy has, an empty suit and a talking head and his job is to get everyone to take a fraction of what they probably deserve. Of course there's also the scum buckets that will make claims for money that they don't deserve too. What a circle...
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