BP recently filed its lengthy response to the Oil Spill Settlement Administrator’s proposed changes to the settlement procedures claimants must follow to obtain any recovery for their loss of business revenue due to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf. Although the administrator Pat Juneau tried to accommodate every demand that BP has made for changes in the program, BP still wants more: they want an escape clause. Despite clearly agreed upon guidelines and terms for payment under the settlement agreement, BP ultimately wants final say on who will and who won’t be able to qualify for payment. Even for businesses that qualify under the terms agreed upon and certified by the court for payment, BP wants to be able to kick them out. No payment have been made to businesses under the agreement for many months now, but back when payments were made, BP was in the habit of appealing most of them. While most of the appeals were found invalid, there was still a substantial delay in payment. Under the terms now sought by BP, payments to businesses could take decades.
Meanwhile, the Florida Depart of Environmental Regulation continues to find stand oil on Florida beaches. See the FDEP report of February 27, 2014 with pictures of the oil mats still being found by clean-up workers. [Click to see PDF]