2 years later, problems still surround BP oil spill
By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – Thousands of people affected by the BP oil spill will receive $64 million in additional compensation after an independent audit identified “significant” errors in the claims process set up after the disaster, the Justice Department says.
Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the audit after meeting with victims of the spill. Some 7,300 individuals and businesses were not adequately compensated.
BP agreed to set up a $20 billion fund. Thus far, $6.2 billion has been doled out to more than 220,000 people affected by the spill.
Environmentalists point to the continuing danger of offshore oil drilling. Forty-one deep water rigs are in the Gulf of Mexico. Most are drilling new holes or working over old ones. Three recent incidents in other parts of the world raise concerns about offshore drilling – in the North Sea (battling to regain control), off Brazil (criminal charges, well design, huge civil lawsuits), and off Nigeria.
Shell is about to get the final two permits to drill this summer off Alaska’s Arctic Coast.
The presidential Oil Spill Commission say they’re “encouraged’ by reforms at the Interior Department but dismayed by the failure of Congress to enact reforms. Environmental groups cite a massive increase in strandings of dead dolphins in the Gulf, and oysters collected post spill contain higher concentrations of heavy metals.
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