"Ken Feinberg Offers Third Option for Gulf Oil Spill Claims Payments"

"Gulf oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg introduced a new option Monday to the 170,000 claimants who have already received an emergency payment, offering 'quick' payments of $5,000 to individuals and $25,000 to businesses who are willing to sign away their rights to sue."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/14/2010
December 15, 2010

US CSB Deep Water Horizon Public Hearing

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents, will hold a public hearing Wednesday, December 15, 2010, as part of its ongoing investigation into the causes of the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and fire which occurred on April 20, 2010, killing eleven workers.

"Report Finds Oil-Drilling Inspectors in Disarray"

"Federal inspectors charged with ensuring the safety of offshore oil drilling are overwhelmed, insufficiently trained, work without official procedures for some of their most crucial decisions and sometimes have insufficient support from their supervisors for resisting industry influence, according to a report released Tuesday by the Interior Department’s inspector general."

Source: Green (NYT), 12/08/2010


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