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BP starts paying out claims……The standard amounts……The toll will get worst to the environment before getting better

The Oil giant with the leak running is going  ‘by the book’ on playing claims for lost service and thinks…

The money comes eventually…

The checks will be cashed……

But it will not cover the real value of loses….

Lawsuits are sure come…..

But they will be affected by those who accept the cash payouts….

Darryl Willis, a vice president of BP America who is in charge of the claims process, said the company would honor all legitimate claims. “We will make these payments for as long as it takes,” he said in a conference call with reporters on Saturday.

Mr. Willis said that BP had initially decided to pay all captains $5,000 a month and all deckhands $2,500 to get the process moving, but that they would readjust and pay more to people who could show that they were losing more because of the spill. And he said claims adjusters were trying to work with people who lacked documentation, by accepting pay stubs or bank statements from some claimants who lacked tax forms.

But some people are still struggling to get their claims paid. As she left First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Empire, Darvin Riley, 38, said she was having trouble getting her $2,500 check for the work she had missed as a deckhand on her brother’s shrimp boat, the Captain Kaden, because some of his paperwork was out of date. “We’re not going out, and we’re not making any money,” she said.

But for the most part, said Clint Guidry, the acting president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, the problem is not that BP is not paying claims, but that the claims it is paying are too small. “It’s kind of like having a really good job and then getting injured,” he said. “You get worker’s comp. But try paying your bills with that.”

Some lawyers see another possible problem with the claims process: it may delay lawsuits. Stuart Smith, an environmental lawyer in New Orleans, said that by paying the claims, BP may be able to forestall some lawsuits, which can be filed only if claims against the company have not been resolved within 90 days. “So you set up this massive claims process that is directed and controlled by the corporate polluter,” Mr. Smith said. “You have to talk to BP before you go to court. It’s outrageous.”

The anger at BP is evident here, with signs stapled to telephone poles and houses with messages like “President Obama, BP took my money. Where’s my change?” and “BP = Bayou Polluters” and “Where the hell is my money, BP?”



BP is sending another tanker to collect more oil….and the President explains things will get worst before getting better in August after the relief wellsenable BP to cut off the leak…

June 7, 2010 - Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , , ,


  1. For all you Poll watchers

    CBS News reports that its poll shows a MAJORITY of Americans are now OPPOSED to offshore drilling per se

    What a turnaround from the Drill Baby Drill days eh?

    Actually of course this is likely just an emotional response to the tragedy in the Gulf

    Still it reminds us that this line which begins with

    “The American people want…”

    Is fickle indeed

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. Obama should be the one paying for gross NEGLIGENCE

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Explain to me how Obama was “negligent”

      Oh ye legal scholar

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. The Mighty Media Machine churns away!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. One thing is for sure

    I bet we wont see any REPUBLICANS yelling

    Drill Drill(baby) Drill

    For a long long time

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. But Jack, haven’t you heard the line spouted by Rush and parroted by Sarah Palin on her Facebook page (which seems to be her full time job now) that environmentalists caused this disaster?

    You see BP and all the other oil companies only had to drill in the deep sea because those nasty mean ole environmental groups like the Sierra Club keep them from drilling at ANWR.

    Of course those of us who can remember all the way back to 2008 recall that the “Drill Baby Drill” crowd wanted to put a derrick just about anywhere up to and including probably the Grand Canyon or Yosemite Park if they thought a few barrels could have been taken from them.

    In fact they mocked ANYONE who suggested there was any downside to increased drilling and that we should explore alternative sources of energy.

    I for one hope the Democrats play the mindless chants of the Drill crowd at the 08 RNC nonstop in all their commercials.

    Comment by Scott P | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. And here’s a golden oldie by Laurence (“call me Robert Zimmerman”) Feinberg, from ‘way back on September 5, 2008:

    Drill, Baby, Drill

    To be sung to the tune of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”:

    Drill, baby, drill. Drill across my great North Slope.

    Swill, baby, swill. Feed at my trough a little while.

    The fox and caribou, the moose and deer

    Shall be reborn beyond the ecosphere.

    Fill, baby, fill. Turn on that sweet crude flow.

    We’ll melt the polar ice before we’re done —

    Less glare when we behold the midnight sun.

    Drill, baby, drill. Drill across my great North Slope.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. Yeah and next we’ll be debating oil spills! 🙂

    Comment by Watch Southpark | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. drill less baby –

    Comment by The Bear Party | June 8, 2010 | Reply

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