Gulf spill compensation czar says will speed up payment

09:29, June 22, 2010      

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Ships and drilling rigs surround the Discoverer Enterprise as it continues to recover oil from the Deepwater Horizon drill site in the Gulf of Mexico on June 15, 2010. (Xinhua/U.S. Coast Guard/Bob Laura)

The administrator of a 20- billion-dollar compensation fund set up by British oil giant BP said on Monday he will speed up payment of compensation to those affected by the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kenneth Feinberg, who was tapped by President Barack Obama to run the third party fund, said on U.S. television that Obama has conveyed to him a message that "we want to get these claims out quicker. We want to get these claims out with more transparency."

He said when it comes to emergency payments, "you've got to allow those payments to go out with less corroboration than you would if you're giving a lump-sum payment that is the total compensation."

"For the emergency payments, we've got to err on the side of the claimant," he said.

The White House and BP has worked out an agreement last week that BP would fund the 20 billion fund, managed independently by White House tapped Feinberg. Feinberg on Monday appeared on several TV networks' news programs, explaining how he intends to run the compensation fund.


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