Coastal Residents Still Struggling from Oil Spill

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email
Several dozen Franklin County residents rushed to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility Monday, December 27th to file their BP claim.

FILE - In a June 23, 2010 file photo, crews work to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washed ashore at Pensacola Beach in Pensacola Fla. In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 1,, 2010 that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at least the next seven years. (AP Photo/ Michael Spooneybarger, File)

Several dozen Franklin County residents rushed to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility Monday, December 27th to file their BP claim.

In the midst of the holiday season, many folks along the coast are still struggling to make ends meet due to the effects of the April 20th Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Many Franklin County residents that applied for an emergency claim last month were denied, but they say they haven't given up yet.

Belinda Kelliher who filed a claim today says, "It's the holiday season, times are hard. I haven't given up and I sure hope things work out."

Gulf Coast Claims Facility officials say folks can still apply for a regular claim up to three years, but they won't get their money as expediently as someone who filed an emergency claim.

The deadline to apply for an emergency claim was November 23rd.


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