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BP fund czar: Claims will be faster

September 26, 2010

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— Victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill should start getting bigger payments faster, the administrator of the fund set up to help them said Saturday.

Kenneth Feinberg said he was responding to criticism from residents and businesses.

“Over the past few weeks, I have heard from the people of the Gulf, elected officials, and others that payments remain too slow and not generous enough,” Feinberg said in a statement. “I am implementing new procedures that will make this program more efficient, more accelerated and more generous.”

Anthony Kennon, mayor of hard-hit Orange Beach, Ala., said he wasn’t moved by the news. He said people in his community need action now, and they don’t feel they are getting it. He said he doesn’t believe Feinberg has truly been addressing their main concern about wanting a seat at the decision-making table.

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