A great deal has been written about the refusal last month by BP to pay the State of Alabama’s initial claim of $148 million. It should also be noted that BP has not paid the initial claims filed by Florida, Mississippi or Louisiana. I don’t believe Texas has yet filed its initial claim, but should do so very soon. So the bottom line is that Alabama was treated no differently than any other state. Our state is not standing alone in dealing with BP. In fact, BP isn’t paying legitimate claims to the thousands of oil spill victims, both individuals and businesses, who are hurting badly. All one has to do is check the Mobile Press Register each day and it will be very clear that BP isn’t paying claims.
When you consider that Florida filed an initial claim of $1.1 billion with BP, and with less damage than Alabama, it’s quite obvious that our state’s initial claim should have been much higher. In fact, $148 million isn’t even a drop in the bucket. Louisiana’s initial claim was over $8 billion, according to lawyers representing that state. BP has consistently lied to the people in all of the coastal states on a number of subjects, including the payment of claims. In my opinion, the bosses at BP never had any intention of paying $148 million to Alabama. Anybody who trusts BP to voluntarily do the right thing when it comes to paying full value on claims has never dealt with this oil giant.
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