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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  • by hi Location: sumtra on Mar 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    My family has been in the seafood industry over 100 years. My grandparents and parents owned and operated an oyster processing plant. My brother has worked on the water since he was a young teenager and now he is 52 years old. Because he is an oysterman he is self employed. He has sent in his final claims however, he has heard nothing from them (except that they have received it). He is loseing his car and his home. Because oyster demands are low and he can not sell his product. Becuase people are scared to eat raw oyster. BP needs to get busy and settle these claims fast. Before everyone loses everything they have worked for all their lives.
  • by tom Location: madison on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    I am glad BP is making money.......All the sorry crappy money losing obsolete companies get billions of my tax money from Obama!!!!!!!
  • by Janice Location: Crawfordville on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    I know many individual that had absolutely no jobs or anything even near a job, with the gulf coast area of the spill and they are filing claims and being paid thousands - Why are there not tighter controls over checking the backgrounds of the claimants. The real people hurt, are losing their monies to the abusers of the system.
  • by tom Location: wakulla on Feb 15, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    i missed out on 300000 lbs crabs purchased 90 percent in la thy lie they cheat and they steal and the people that have the greatest loss suffer most they dribble money hoping to catch you in a bind u live off 40 percent of your income i and many like me are losing what i worked for
  • by no winn Location: fl. on Feb 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    just forget about it people. mark it up as you lost again.when i got hired on with the oil copanys in la in 98 they told all us in the class if you get hurt dont even try to sue us. we have the best lawyers money can by.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    I dont think people realize how much this disaster has been taken advantage of by greedy, selfish people. Sure, some people did suffer a real loss and BP should compensate them but there are a lot who have totally abused the system to their advantage. But of course everything is Obama's fault. The man could cure cancer tomorrow and somehow something negative would be said about it.
  • by Edith Location: Florida on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    The process to reimburse those that suffered losses is very slow but you have to be careful that people are not claiming losses that were therefore the oil spill. When the hurricane hit Louisiana so many people got reimburse that had moved from the area becuase we were in a rush to compensate them. I ask that the one submitting claims make sure you have your paperwork in order because you will see this information again and verification of losses will be requested.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    shadow, Increasing profits, will not minimize any loses although it may help BP recover from the loses. Also is chosed a word.
  • by shadow on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:46 AM
    The person chosed by Bammy is a crook and all BP wants to do is continue to help force the price of oil up in order to minimize it's losses incurred for screwing up the Gulf.
  • by fed up Location: usa on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:29 AM
    does this suprise anyone....government gets involed everything comes to a stand still, red tape bull%$#s, what BP was hoping for. more lies to the people from our so called gov. only concerned about the big business, not the people of this country
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