[B]Feinberg Says Geographic Proximity No Longer an Issue in Gulf Oil Spill Claims-MARITIME LAWYER NEWS[/B]
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS. — Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the BP $20 billion escrow fund, says geographic proximity to areas impacted by the Gulf oil spill that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon disaster no longer play a role in whether people and businesses are compensated. The April 20th Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil from BP’s Macondo well.
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, Feinberg announced a more lenient program that would not rule out claims simply because claimants are not located on the coast.
Source: Huffington Post