Gulf Claims Process is Under Fire

By: Brian Skoloff and Harry R. Weber; Associated Press
By: Brian Skoloff and Harry R. Weber; Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - The process for compensating victims of the
BP oil spill has been beset by red tape and questions about its fairness and openness.

The Associated Press interviewed legal experts, government officials and more than 300 Gulf Coast residents and heard numerous complaints -- many of them about Kenneth Feinberg. He is the man picked by President Barack Obama to administer the $20 billion compensation fund.

Feinberg's ties to BP have raised questions about his independence.

Now the dissatisfaction has reached a fever pitch: Lawmakers in
Washington are demanding the White House step in. The Louisiana
governor and others want a federal judge to intervene. And many of the people most affected by the disaster are threatening to go to court.

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

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