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BP Fund Already Failing?

According to news reports, it seems that some fishermen seemingly helping the cleanup are not receiving the checks they were promised by BP. (the article isn’t terribly clear on the reason for the payments). Jeffrey Briet, an attorney representing more than 500 fisherman, had previously set up a payment system with BP whereby the fisherman would be paid every 30 days, and it was apparently working.  Then the big change happened.  Briet stated,

‘Not only did they spring it on us that the [payment] process has changed, but the people I’ve been dealing with for six weeks who’ve done a good job said, ‘We don’t know what the process is going to be. We’re not authorized to talk to you about it. Someone from BP will contact you,’ he said.

Hmmmm, what has recently occurred which could have changed the payment process?  Oh yeah, the BP fund which is being controlled by a government pay-czar.  Curiously, neither the article nor Briet mention the fund at all.  What’s even stranger is Briet acting shocked both about the change, and the fact that no one can tell him what the new process is.  It’s actually pretty simple.  All Briet needs to do is tell his clients that they’re dealing with the federal government now, and they can expect to start receiving checks in the next, oh, few months.

UPDATE:  Hot Air has indicated that the payments are for fishermen helping in clean-up, although it cites the same article linked above (which I don’t find particularly clear).  In any event, it doesn’t really matter.  I was under the impression that the $20 billion fund was set up to pay for this sort of thing, i.e., damages relating to the spill.  If it wasn’t, I’m not sure what it would have been set up for.  I’ll figure it out.

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