Business Owners Meet with BP Oil Claims Official

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) -- Several Alabama business people came away satisfied after one-on-one meetings with the head of BP's oil spill claims office, Ken Feinberg.

The owner of The Hangout restaurant in Gulf Shores, Shaul Zislin, says he believes answers are on the way. And Chris Nelson of Bon Secour Fisheries said his meeting with Feinberg on Thursday was productive.

Feinberg says he's giving special attention to Alabama business owners because so many of them are unhappy about their claims. He says Alabama has been what he calls "a sore spot" for his office.

Feinberg's operation has paid out almost $2.2 billion for oil spill claims. But he's been dogged by criticism that payments to large businesses are far smaller than their losses.

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