New Orleans, La. – The administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is investigating if non-profit organizations can be part of the process. The move stems from a summit in New Orleans where Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu asked claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg if non-profits who responded quickly to the disaster could be reimbursed.
New Orleans, La. – The Louisiana seafood board sponsored a panel of federal and state officials who say Gulf seafood is safe. They say no other region has such rigorous testing. Several members of the American Culinary Federation said while they want to believe the oil spill hasn't harmed the seafood, they aren't sure. Chef Brent Spring of South Bend, Indiana, says he's not convinced.
New Orleans, La. – The National Oil Spill Commission's report given to President Obama in January calls for revamping rules on oil industry oversight, adding staff, and dedicating money for research. But with lawmakers focusing on the national deficit, it could be a tough sell.
New Orleans, La. – Gulf Coast claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg says there are inconsistencies in how claims are paid. He says it sometimes takes too long to get a check, and the system isn't as transparent as it could be.
"I think they're all related to the volume of claims -- the sheer magnitude of the task, where it's going to be inevitable there's going to be inconsistency. You try and minimize it. But I acknowledge the problem."
New Orleans, La. – Captain Alwin Landry stood before a massive American flag at the honor ceremony in the Belle Chase air station hangar. Coast Guard officials commended Landry and several of his crew members for quickly rescuing workers from the flaming wreck and burning oil floating amid the debris. Landry remembered those who didn't survive the April 20th disaster.