This column is presented to you as a public service to the Huntsville and North Alabama residents by Hank Richards, writer for the nationwide publication, The joltleft.com.
In contact with Attorney General Luther Strange’s office, it is clear that he intends to stay on the British Petroleum case and seek retribution for Huntsville and North Alabama residents who are property owners in the Gul Coast area and may have cases pending settlement resulting from the BP oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
Strange said he is pleased that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will undergo an independent audit according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. In a letter written to Claims Administrator Kenneth Feinberg, the federal Attorney General stressed concerns shared with him by the people of Alabama and Huntsville citizens that Feinberg had agreed to the audit.
Attorney General Strange has repeatedly and publicly criticized the lack of transparency in the claims proceedings by the GCCF, and sought more accountability from its administrator.
In his letter, Attorney General Holder told Feinberg that he had “recently traveled to Alabama and heard from individuals and business owners whose lives and livelihoods continue to be severely affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”
Said Attorney General Strange, “It is good news for the people of Alabama that someone other than BP and Kenneth Feinberg will finally be able to peer into the inner-workings of the GCCF. For far too long, the GCCF has hidden behind a veil of secrecy when denying compensation to victims of the Gulf oil spill. I applaud this outcome due to the efforts of Attorney General Holder and Alabama’s own local and Congressional leaders, who have refused to back down after constant rejection.”
The announcement of an independent audit marks another step forward in making sure that all victims of the spill may at last be treated fairly and promptly.
For more information, contact Attorney General Strange through his website, www.ago.state.al.us or by telephone at (334) 242-7300.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, joltleft.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria, the British Petroleum Recovery Program and the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast restoraton region.
To report a breaking story or to write a letter to the editor for publication, contact Hank at (256) 417-6084 or send an email to [email protected] at his website www.pronlinenews.com