Many denied spill claims will get a second look

Published 1:16 pm Thursday, September 30, 2010

The administrator of BP’s $20 billion fund to compensate people harmed by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill says some whose claims were denied will get paid after all.

Kenneth Feinberg says the Gulf Coast Claims Facility expects many of the roughly 2,000 denied or ineligible claims may actually warrant payment under more lenient procedures.

Feinberg also says people who believe they have received far less than they deserve will get a review, and possibly another check. He says he wants to be generous and recognizes there have been some problems.

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Fishermen and business owners lost millions of dollars after the April 20 explosion of a BP PLC-leased rig that killed 11 workers and allowed 206 million gallons of oil to escape from the company’s well.