New Orleans, La. – The Gulf Coast Claims Facility set up by the White House has so far paid out almost $5 billion dollars to settle nearly 200-thousand claims. Administrator Kenneth Feinberg controls the $20 billion dollars BP set aside for compensation. Attorney General Eric Holder says after talking with Gulf Coast residents, he finds the process is not transparent and requires extensive documentation. Nearly 1 million claims have been filed, and BP is suggesting that some payments are too high. Holder says the audit should start before the end of the year.
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