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Gulf Spill Paymaster Says He Has Eliminated Claims Backlog – While Claimants Disagree

Gulf spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg says his operation has eliminated backlog of older claims, but claimants still report problems.

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Oct. 25, 2010, 8:36 a.m.

Filed 8-23-2010, today is 10-25-2010. 63 days and still under review?? They told me my claim was legal, all documents and other paperwork was in order and all there. I asked after calling and getting thru finally @ 5:15 AM Sunday th 24th, why so long and why so many lies, well no one was lying to anyone and process has elimananed backlogg, only new claims are being reviewed. Does anyone else fit this profile, please e-mail me, I will answer you. Thanx nat


Oct. 24, 2010, 9:16 a.m.

nine weeks and still “under review”


Oct. 23, 2010, 11:59 a.m.

My claim was submitted on 9/30/10 and actually went to the under review status in only two days. Then changed to needs more information from claimant, So i faxed in the required documents i was missing. About a wek later status changed to under reviw. But on the progam statictics for claimants, it stil reads needs more info. Not sure why they where different so i called the hotline. Women told me it was under review and that they had recieved all documents needed, and didnt know why the status was different in the program statictics for claimants. its been over a week and they both still have the two different status. Anyone else having this prolbem? Should I contunie to call gccf to get answer about this?

S. Bailey

Oct. 22, 2010, 5:31 p.m.

I filed my BP claim on September 6, 2010 and it was escalated on October 9, 2010.  I have called everyday for the past 3 weeks and no change in my status.  I received a phone call from someone on the escalation team and was told that my claim was in the final stage, but they could not tell me how long it will be in the final stage or when a decision would be made by a reviewer.  So here I still wait for a decision and the backlog supposedly has been eliminated.


Oct. 19, 2010, 12:23 p.m.

why you guys shut down the storys

Linda C

Oct. 16, 2010, 6:01 p.m.

Filed sept 2nd….I was told on sept 30th my claom was in the final stage in the escalation dept. Here it is October 16, and I am still waiting…..Lost my apartment…my things in side my apartment and truck is overdue 40 days and counting…..This is bullshit!!! My claim amount is for $4995.00.
I lost over $10,000.00 in income….and I cut them a break…..shit…I am filling for the remaining balanace plus the cost of replacing my personal things…home full of furniture…. ect ect. and ......stress!!!


Oct. 16, 2010, 5:15 p.m.



Oct. 16, 2010, 5:13 p.m.



Oct. 16, 2010, 2:34 a.m.


Hey thought you where keeping track of the days for us
vets of the bp process. I also started with a bp claim. I had a bp claim for about a month befor the gccf took over. bp finaly told me that the gccf was taking over and like many of you I have been calling since aug 22nd trying to see if my claim was transferd to the gccf.  when they oped on the 23 they had no info on me and i was advised to start a new claim.
so I started a claim from scrach. not a problem I already had it all in a folder faxed it over and was hoping for a check within a week or two tops. I have been told that all my documents are in order and there is nothing elts I can do on my end. my claim has also been on revew all this time. I called the help line today and waited for 20 min. befor geting disconnected withought talking to anyone.

  its just as well calling the help line is like talking to a wall


Oct. 15, 2010, 5:36 p.m.

I filed in August 25 went into review September 6 exculated adout 6 times and still did not receive a dime from GCCF. I am glad that they are bringing this bitches to court next year in June


Oct. 15, 2010, 5:13 p.m.

Linda this is just a mess. i know this man filed 3 days ago and already got a check for 16,000 his wife brought it to him on his job. i use to work at a gas station that brought gas from bp and customers were cursing us out talking bout they cars got fucked up ... it was a mess ... the job was slow and business failed. i filed last week and i never heard nothing on thing it say was my claim was summited . this is fucked up


Oct. 15, 2010, 5:05 p.m.

The first federal trial for claims filed against BP PLC by individuals and businesses affected by the massive Gulf Coast oil spill could be held next summer.
WDSU New Orleans - Oct 15 11:50am.


Oct. 15, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

duduntory the one that is handling all of the complaints is F**kbeirg.


Oct. 15, 2010, 4:03 p.m.



Oct. 14, 2010, 7:35 p.m.

Kit did you get a check and then file a supplemental claim.That is how I did it but now my new claim is under review. Do I keep filling out a new claim?


Oct. 14, 2010, 5:33 p.m.

keep filing supplementals, that’s how i finally got a check.


Oct. 14, 2010, 10:16 a.m.

day 50 now still under review


Oct. 13, 2010, 10:07 p.m.

I said the goverment was lying, and covering upfor BP. That is why they are not coming down on Liebeirg because they are all in it together.


Oct. 13, 2010, 9:55 p.m.

Oil Spill Remains an Issue for the Gulf Coast
Juliane Bullard | Staff WriterIssue date: 10/14/10 Section: News
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According to a report by the Associated Press, the Gulf Coast oil spill was dis- covered to have been downplayed by the Obama administration.

As a result of a preliminary report published last Wednesday by the Associated Press, the Gulf Coast oil spill was discovered to have been downplayed by the Obama administration, although White house press secretary, Robert Gibbs, denies the claim.

“This was an unprecedented environmental disaster met with an unprecedented federal response which prevented any of the worst-case scenarios from coming to fruition,” Gibbs said. “When we had the information, we gave it to the public.”

However, according to the Associated Press, the Obama administration released early numbers avoiding the disclosure of the national oil spill commission’s worst findings. According to these early reports, the White House Office of Budget and Administration forbade its scientists to inform the public of the extremity of the situation. The numbers were vastly underestimated in comparison to the 11 lives taken and roughly 60,000 barrels of oil spilled, as was eventually found out.

“They underestimated the numbers and had access to more information than they were willing to admit. The independent companies were more accurate than the government, and it’s not surprising that the information has been contradictory,” UNCW professor of biology and marine biology Larry Cahoon said.

“There is a legacy within the Department of the Interior to be very cozy with the oil industry, and the Obama administration certainly had a very comfortable relationship,” Cahoon added. “There’s reluctance, within the government, to say the truth of our dependence on oil, so you must always take what they say about oil, with that in mind. They won’t always tell you the full truth.”


Oct. 13, 2010, 9:49 p.m.

I finally got through to GCCF and they told me the same thing they always say. Your claim is under review and no documentation is needed, no red flag.
She said I will mark your claim and what does that mean? It took me almost an hour with cell phone to reach them. I wait till after 9 and it doesn’t count as min.


Oct. 13, 2010, 5:21 p.m.

well i hear alot of promises and see and hear nothing,  so i have no idea when they will do ou claims, it does no good to yell or get mad at them they stall even more


Oct. 13, 2010, 4:59 p.m.

I know it is hard very hard that why I said that the goverment don’t care


Oct. 13, 2010, 4:15 p.m.

no check for me yet day 49 i think , it sucks i know, real hard to go without money and tell bill people why you can not give them anything.


Oct. 13, 2010, 3:32 p.m.

Have you been given a check darryl?  Has any one got two months checks? Why won’t they answer their phones?


Oct. 13, 2010, 5:13 a.m.

the true cuase of te explosion was a NECLEAR SUBMARINE hit the drill shaft and caused the whole damn thing , they are screening everything of mine cause i know the truth and they dont want me to tell anyone about it,i have letters from horizon that say they think the same as i did , but our government is tring to cover it up because it was ours or from another country sping on the us in the gulf, i have talked to homeland and the panel and adm allen and have letters emails and more to show it, i have posted it many times in many news chat boards and they remove it all the time ,


Oct. 13, 2010, 5:06 a.m.

we will win someday over this its just time, they can not hide the truth or us, to many, its been al over the news how the obama and the fbi and others have tried to cover up the whole bp oil well explosion,


Oct. 13, 2010, 5:03 a.m.

i have papers from the united states supreme court with the water mark seal in the paper, the only court in this country that has the water mark seal in the paper, like our money has. from sandra day oconnor the ex federal justice supreme court judge.i know the laws better then themselves in the fbi, they dont like people that stand up to them , im not scared one bit, they are not shit, the a man and woman like the reast of us and they have to follow the laws as we do.


Oct. 13, 2010, 4:53 a.m.

well the obama clan and the fbi took my court papers right out of the us mail before the us district court could get them, see how corrupt our country really is,that is a federal crime , to interfer with federal documents, i could kill legally for it, i have the right to kill anyone that sets between the court papers and the court and me. they are lucky i was not there this time,i had fbi mess with me last time i put federal court papers agianst gov crist 5 years ago, and i told the fbi to make my day in office depot, when he walked over to my court papers i was coping for court, i raise my fist and yelled at him to make my fucken day, bitch, and got in his face he backed away from me and the court papers,they think they can do anything they want to, try it to my face and see again i say, i will not stand for any ass to try to touch my court papers i will take his life in a second, try me is what i say ,


Oct. 13, 2010, 12:48 a.m.

This is from Watt 09/22/2010
Union Carbide - BP. Compare and contrast


Oct. 13, 2010, 12:46 a.m.

This is from jjracasa 09/22/2010
What you, as the US business editor ought to be asking, is how anyone can expect to get a fair hearing in a country whose President saw fit to trample all over the basic constitutional and legal right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

Having unilaterally “found” BP to be grossly negligent, Obama led a lynch mob in strong-arming a committment from BP to create this fund, abusing the goodwill shown by the Company to meet legitimate hardship claims outside of normal due process. It is sobering to measure the quantum extracted from BP against Obama’s recently announced fiscal programme of $50bn.

It is about time that you, the press, told Obama that the world expects the leader of the World’s foremost Democracy to behave somewhat better than a jack-booted 3rd World dictator and maybe you should suggest that, given the hysterical bias led by the President, that legal claims should be processed by an international court, rather than US kangaroo courts emboldened by an opportunisitic and populist President.


Oct. 13, 2010, 12:43 a.m.

This is from rachelusa 9/22/2010
Real truth….from a business owners perspective.

People are NOT being paid for emergency business and individual claims through the GCCF as promised. We are receiving 10% to 25% of what we lost in either earnings or wages from the Oil Spill. I’m still waiting for a payment my very first payment since filing a claim in June… yes JUNE!. My company has lost approx $450,000.00 and I had to let go employees. We were fed a bunch of lies and false promises and said help was on the way through the GCCF.

If Feinberg thinks he can measure his success by the amount of lawsuits filed by individuals and businesses in the five states effected by the Oil Spill he is in for a very rude awakening. I would guess to say only about 10% of all claims will sign their life away to not sue BP for future damages. BP look out because you will have 90% of us to tie you, your attorneys and all your share holders money up in court for the next 20 years.

Gulf Coast is a community and our community will unite and take on the big boys. They might call us little people but we are huge in numbers.


Oct. 13, 2010, 12:41 a.m.

Ths is from billcarson 09/27/2010
We need to go back and look at all the oil spill lawsuits . There is still an oil spill lawsuit going on in Massachusetts !

On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil. The oil is known to have affected an estimated 90 miles of shoreline, killed 450 numerous bird species, and recreational use of the bay, such as shell fishing and boating.

Since the 2003 oil spill the US Coast Guard has appealed the 2004 Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act and one Mattapoisett,Massachusetts property damage lawsuit has dragged on for eight years.


Oct. 13, 2010, 12:26 a.m.

Linda C. as of now it dosen’t matter who wins this dame election or the seats, because they going to do us like feinberg and not stick up for us, so as for now they only that is helping us is GOD.


Oct. 12, 2010, 11:56 p.m.

You are right payback is a b****.


Oct. 12, 2010, 11:10 p.m.

yes i hear ya linda, day 49 now still under review and new claim are being paid


Oct. 12, 2010, 10:31 p.m.

yeah…elections are coming they are sweating their jobs right now….paybacks a b****...right!!

linda C

Oct. 12, 2010, 10:30 p.m.

yeah…elections are coming they are sweating their jobs right now….paybacks a bitch…right!!


Oct. 12, 2010, 10:25 p.m.

You see how lieberg can lie him and Bp, where is our goverment official when you need them.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:48 p.m.

linda , if you keep tring you will get thru, there is 150,000 claims and everyone is calling backing up the phones and tieing them up so we can not get thru, i know its real sad , i just found out today the training class from my school the class after my class just got all of our jobs that were to go to us first class, now there are on their way to la to build ships and the 40 of us from the first class are shit out of luck, and then these guys will be back in tampa to work at tampa shipyard, my job given to the class after i spent 6 months working my ass off for this job, thanks bp and feinberg , i have nothing and my job is given to someone else.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:46 p.m.

Ok under CLAIMANT DETAIL REPORT it sais Date I filed was 9/26/2010, and the date it was input was 9/26/2010. But look at this under the Claim Detail it says Date Claim Receive 8/25/2010 and the Date claim was imput 8/25/2010. Now what is wrong with these dates.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:29 p.m.

Lets all call Feinberg 202-371-1110.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:27 p.m.

Just another delay, to cover up with another lie.


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:26 p.m.

That is just another way for not talking to us, because they know that they are lying and we are telling the truth


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:11 p.m.

When I called a man on an answering machine said to leave number and claim number. they would get back to me. didn’t call back. I have been by my cell all day.


Oct. 12, 2010, 3:28 p.m.

Darryl that is a way not to talk to us another mean of delay.

Linda Smith

Oct. 12, 2010, 3:23 p.m.

Everybody who works for Feinbeirg are straight a**. When I called I was told it was STILL IN REVIEW when I go on there wed site it is saying CLAIMANT REQUIRING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION but is was also said that the web site is updated daily. Now tell me someone is not lying somewhere


Oct. 12, 2010, 5:26 a.m.

there is 150,000 claims now,120,000 more then when i was under review the first day,  real sad this news agency and others dont care about us, this is why we need to remember all of these back stabbers, they say if you get a letter this week you need to send more info and if not your ok so far, they sent out massive letters to all that need the info or just cause of the computer says so, , i feel that its a computer generated mail


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:31 a.m.

cant get thru this morning phones are down, wounder why


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:20 a.m.

linda its right under the check your claim, on the website,look under your state and pick claims paid already , there is a window on the right put your number in it and click the arrow and click on baknocks and another window will open and check all and hit search , it will find your for you if they paid it


Oct. 12, 2010, 4:16 a.m.

day 48 and still counting

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