Sen. Bill Nelson Calls On Washington To Save Those Drowning in Gulf Coast States

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

"This has got to stop- it is outrageous, and so, I want the accountability and transparency immediately forthcoming"

Florida Senator Bill Nelson says the victims who've lost their livelihoods to BP's explosive oil spill have caught his attention in Washington..

"We have seen in my office people desperately calling us, they can't get their claims paid." says Nelson.

BP says its committed to paying all legitimate claims for damages resulting from the Deepwater Horizon spill, but Nelson says there's plenty of questions about its fairness. "When I found out that there was of all the outstanding claims and one paid to a BP partner worth 10 million dollars- I want to know why."

Attorney Tim Howard says, "Transparency has not been there to date. Ken Feinberg submitted protocol for people to comment on- but those protocol really take advantage of the consumers."

Nelson says because Ken Feinberg was picked by President Obama to administer the $20 billion compensation fund- the White House needs to step in and save the drowning Gulf Coast States, including Attorney Tim Howard's hundreds of clients. "We have probably about 1.5 billion dollars in claims for our clients. They range anywhere from a single mother who lost her job and has been put out on the streets and needs help, just getting her 5 or 10 thousand just to survive- to billion dollar developments that were shut down because of the oil spill."

Nelson wrote a letter to the president last week and says he has yet to hear back.

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