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BP claims czar agrees to appear before House committee

by Dara Kam | February 8th, 2011

BP claims czar Ken Feinberg will appear before the House Economic Affairs Committee on Feb. 18, his office confirmed to committee chairwoman Dorothy Hukill.

Hukill, R-Port Orange, and other lawmakers want Feinberg to explain why tens of thousands of Florida business owners, most of them in the Panhandle, are having so much trouble having their claims paid after the massive oil spill last spring created an economic catastrophe in the region.

Feinberg, in charge of the $20 billion Gulf Coast Claims Facility, has been the target of attack by numerous lawyer, lawmakers, Florida residents, and, most recently, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who’s demanding a White House investigation into Feinberg’s process.

Among the complaints: applicants are paid a fraction of what they believe they should receive, with no explanation; individuals are unable to speak with anyone directly about the details of their claims or where they are in the process; a seemingly willy-nilly approach to payment of claims that are nearly identical.

Feinberg insists he’s doing the best he can with the more than half million claims he’s received, and he continues to promise to improve his system.

The public can comment on Feinberg’s draft protocols, released last week, for handling interim and final payments by e-mailing:

The methodology for determining eligibility and payment can be viewed here.

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One Response to “BP claims czar agrees to appear before House committee”

  1. bob Says:

    The Gulf of Mexico, Deep Water Horizon Spill, impact study conducted by Dr. Wes Tunnell at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) in inherently and desperately flawed. First off, this HRI Study is not a scientific study at all. In fact there was no peer review of his findings, absolutely no protocol as required in a general environmental research study. In short, this 2 or 3 year recovery guesstimate is simply some guys guess based on thinking about this for a couple weeks. Dr. Tunnell spent two weeks doing a sea life count and suggested that the sea life, with the exception of a few species would recover in two to three years. In 1989, surrounding the Valdez Spill, Exxon attempted to do the same thing that BP paid Dr. Tunnell to attempt to defraud us with. In 1989, Exxon tried a similar ploy and argued that the Salmon population was soaring near Prince William Sound, Alaska, so that meant the impact to the environment only suffered minimally over the Valdez Spill. Of course, that argument fell apart when it was discovered that the salmon population was soaring because of the salmon’s predators, namely birds, had been killed by the spill..Nothing left alive to eat the salmon so, no surprise, the salmon flourished. Dr. Tunnell is simply more “BP paid shill help” just like Kenneth Feinberg and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility as outlined in Federal Judge Carl Barbier’s recent ruling against Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF . On Feb. 06, 2011 University of New Hampshire Professor, Larry Mayer, director of UNH’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping was commisioned by the National Research Council to conducted an actual scientific study of the Deep Water Horizon’s impact on the Gulf of Mexico. The study will last 30 months (that’s right 30 months..not 2 weeks like BP’s Dr. Tunnell tried to scam us with). Dr. Wes Tunnell know’s better and spent his credibilty on this BP Payout. Hopefully the BP Payout was a big one because Dr. Tunnell will never be taken seriously again.

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