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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  • by rickey Location: panama city beach on Feb 19, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    i have worked front desk and property management on out gulf coast for many of years. it will take my employer of now 8 years , around 5 years to recover which trickles down to the workers who's hours have now been cut, pay also cut by 15% and now going into saving that i had that now are gone. this hit us at the worst time at the beginning of our season were i get all of my over time hours which i need to survive the winter months in a seasonal work area. so thanks bp for making me step back in life instead of forward like we all were doing before all this.... bp caused!
  • by Minnie12 Location: Tallahassee on Feb 15, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Personally, I try to avoid doing business with BP (at least knowingly) if at all possible.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    BP probably buys Obama's cigarettes.
  • by see ya bill on Feb 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    Words from a captain of a sinking ship.
  • by PrezNixon Location: tally on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    Does anyone really believe obama is going to do anything to help anyone? You got to be kidding, this fits prfectly with his agenda to destroy America. Just another excuse to bring the price of energy so high that everyone will end up in the poor house. Destroying not only America but humanity as se know it...the man must be iinpeached NOW.
  • by greg Location: la on Feb 15, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    bp has 100's of top lawyers at theie disposal. as usual the poor people pays the price.bp should be ran out the usa.
  • by tell me it's not so... on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    Billy, Billy, Billy... Are you really talking trash about the sacred one, OweBummer??? You're right in there with them my friend, that idiot Reid and Pelosi too. Pack your bags buddy, come election time you are going to be out of a job.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:52 AM
    Go away Bill. You have consumed to much of our time and treasure. You have participated in the near bankruptcy of our country. We need a doer not a talker. We need some fresh ideas. Please go away.
  • by tom Location: madison on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    Obama set this program up and it is not working......Wow and he criticized Bush for his Katrina activist playing president, what did you expect
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahaassee on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    HEY Nelson, it;s gotten be a LOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG wait to hear back from Obama.. do us all a favor and don't bother running again.can't save yourself at the 11th hour
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