Guest Post from ProPublica About The BP Claims Process

Some of us are a tad too busy to write at the moment, but ProPublica has an important message to get out, so we’ve asked them to pen a guest post for today. Please give them your full attention — especially those of you in the back of the class. Surely, no one wants another detention slip?

Readers:

We’re ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, and we’re taking a close look at BP’s claims process. We’d like your help with this project. 

More than 100,000 claims have been filed.  So far, BP has paid less than a third of the claims it has received, and spent a little over $200 million, about 1 percent of the $20 billion that it set aside in an escrow account to pay damages. Sometime this month, Kenneth Feinberg, an independent claims administrator appointed by President Barack Obama, will take over the claims process from BP.

ProPublica wants to hear about YOUR experience filing a claim with BP. In its first piece, the site reported that BP has left many damage claims waiting in limbo.

If you have filed a claim on behalf of your business or local government, please share your experience. If you offer your information, reporters from Pro Publica may contact you for a follow-up interview.

If you have no plans to file a claim, you can help find claimants in other ways — tweet this, post it to Facebook or share with friends in the Gulf Coast who may be affected by the Gulf oil disaster.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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