Sep 20, 2010 9:42 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The administrator of the fund for victims of
the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says he will waive a requirement
that wages earned by spill cleanup workers be subtracted from their
claims of lost revenue.
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is doling out the $20 billion
fund that BP set up, made the key concession on Monday. He says no
wages paid by BP PLC to the workers will be subtracted.
Feinberg says it will help fishermen who have been working on
spill response while they couldn't fish.
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has received more than 68,000
claims since taking over from BP in August, and has paid more than
An April 20 rig explosion killed 11 workers, triggering the
spill from the well that eventually spewed out more than 200
million gallons of oil.