Jul 21, 2010 11:59 AM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - The administrator of a $20 billion Gulf oil
spill compensation fund says he's working only for the victims who
were harmed by the tragedy.
Kenneth Feinberg said Wednesday that the fund will be "up and
running in August," and will be both generous and fairly
However, Feinberg told the House Judiciary Committee that he
will have to make tough decisions about eligibility. He'll need to
decide how to compensate fishermen and others who are paid in cash
and have no records. Decisions will made on paying businesses such
as motels that are miles from the Gulf Coast, but lost guests
because of the drop in tourism.
Feinberg said he'll have to devise a system to pay victims whose
potential illnesses from the cleanup may take several years to