New Orleans, La. – Kenneth Feinberg says claims will now be considered that are submitted from areas not directly impacted by oil. He says the process is fluid and he's making changes as issues are brought to his attention.
"I am listening. I am willing to make mid-course corrections based on input from the very people I'm trying to help." :09
New Orleans, La. – E-P-A Administrator Lisa Jackson met in New Orleans with groups concerned about having a role in Gulf restoration. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, for instance, says toxic waste coming from the BP spill should not be sent only to landfills in low-income areas. Jackson says those concerns will be addressed.
New Orleans, La. – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced in New Orleans that most of the civil penalties expected to be paid by BP for Clean Water Act violations should stay in the Gulf region.
"Because the Gulf took the risk, because the Gulf took the damage, that money, a significant amount of that money, should be dedicated to the Gulf, to the people and the region that bore the brunt of this."
New Orleans, La. – Greater New Orleans Incorporated is meeting with political representatives to generate economic development in the aftermath of the BP oil spill. G-N-O President Michael Hecht says that while concern has centered on the 33 deepwater rigs affected by the moratorium, shallow-water drilling is being stalled by bureaucrats.