Oil Spill Crude Disaster

Oct 4, 2010 12:09 PM

Geographic Proximity no Longer Plays a Role in Oil Spill Claims

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - The administrator of the fund doling
out money to Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims says geographic
proximity to oil-impacted areas will no longer play a role in
whether people and businesses are compensated.
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing the Gulf Coast
Claims Facility, has faced complaints from angry residents and
business owners that the fund is moving too slowly, is not being
generous enough and is denying claims that should be paid.
Feinberg says that the process is fluid and that he understands
the concerns.
On Monday, he announced a more lenient program that would not
rule out claims simply because claimants are not located on the
coast.
The April 20 rig explosion killed 11 workers and spewed more
than 200 million gallons of oil from BP PLC's underwater well.

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