Oil Spill Victims Speak Out to Claims Czar

The administrator of BP’s $20 billion oil spill claims fund returns to the Gulf Coast this week. He's discussing increased complaints from those the program is failing to compensate.

Last week, attorney Kenneth Feinberg was greeted in Mississippi and Louisiana by angry residents who've filed claims. They say they are not being compensated enough, or not at all for BP’s oil well blowout.

Tuesday, Feinberg was in Bayou La Batre and Orange Beach, holding town hall meetings with business owners and fishermen.

For businesses still struggling with claims issues, it was another chance to voice complaints and ask for answers.

While there was extra security and a metal detector in place--the crowd was polite. The meeting was even more controlled as the residents asking questions of Feinberg were pre-selected. Those people represented seafood processors, fishermen, shrimpers, hotel, condo and real estate industries. Not all were happy with what they heard.

"These are very emotionally charged vulnerable people with legitimate concerns of their financial future. I respect the criticism. I respect it. If I didn't respect that criticism I would stay safe in Washington D.C., but you can't do that,” says Feinberg.

Feinberg will be in the Florida panhandle Wednesday to meet with claimants.

You can catch him first at the emerald coast conference center in Fort Walton Beach at 8:30 Wednesday morning. Then he will be in Panama City Beach at the Edgewater beach and golf resort conference center from eleven till noon.

At both town halls Feinberg will explain the Gulf Coast Claims Facility Guidelines for interim and final payments, and quick pay claims.

Feinberg has repeatedly promised fairness and more transparency in the process, and says he's doing the best he can given the more than 470,000 requests for money.

Today, the southern environmental law center released the top-10 list of threatened places in the southeast. Because of the gulf oil spill, Alabama’s coast was at the top.


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