[StBernard] Feinberg announces fund to take over claims process Aug. 23; Oil Spill Open House Expo Thursday, Aug. 19 at Grand Ballroom in Chalmette

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Aug 18 18:40:17 EDT 2010

Feinberg announces fund to take over claims process next Monday, Aug. 23

Gulf Oil Spill Open House Expo to be held Thursday, Aug. 19 at Sigur Civic
Center Grand Ballroom in Chalmette

Kenneth Feinberg announced today is the last day that BP will process claims
from people and businesses impacted by the Gulf oil spill as it prepares to
transfer that role to the federally administered $20 billion fund. Feinberg
is the government-appointed administrator of the fund, and he will take over
the process starting August 23rd.

Feinberg says that claimants will need to re-file and get a new claims
number as part of the new process starting Aug. 23 although all supporting
documentation that has been submitted will be transferred. The 35 existing
claims centers throughout the gulf coast will remain open to facilitate fund

"You will get a check within 48 hours -- if you are an individual -- from
the time you fill out that form," Feinberg said. "If you are a business, you
might have to wait seven days, no longer."

A spokesman for BP says the oil giant has paid roughly $368 million to
individuals and businesses, including about $102 million so far in August.
Claims filed by government entities will still be handled directly by BP.

More information regarding the new Gulf Coast Claims Facility run by
Feinberg will be available in the coming days at
www.GulfCoastClaimsFacility.com <http://www.gulfcoastclaimsfacility.com/> .

St. Bernard Parish, BP and the United States Coast Guard will host an Open
House Expo in St. Bernard Parish Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m.
at the Sigur Civic Center Grand Ballroom, 3220 Jean Lafitte Parkway in

The Expo will offer St. Bernard residents the opportunity to engage with
experts about the techniques, strategies and materials being used in the
spill response.

The Expo will feature experts and representatives from BP Claims, Wildlife
and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, EPA, NOAA,
USCG, Dispersants, LA Spirit, Louisiana Department of Social Services, SNAP,
LA Work Force, OSHA, SBA, Alternative Response Technologies, Department of
Labor, and LSU Agricultural Center. These agencies will answer questions and
provide visual information on the various tools, equipment and strategies
that are being used in the response, including booms, burns, sand berms,
skimming and dispersants.

Representatives will be available to address concerns about environmental
quality, wildlife, safety and resources available to residents. Information
will also be available to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP). Claims representatives will be available for any questions or
concerns residents might have on the claims process.


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