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USA: Native American fishermen from Gulf Coast of Louisiana claim BP compensation should cover loss of "a way of life" plus lost wages

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28 February 2011

BP, others ask judge to dismiss oil spill claims [USA]

Author: Associated Press

BP and other companies sued over the massive Gulf oil spill are asking a federal judge to dismiss many of the claims filed by businesses and people who say they have been harmed by the disaster .U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set Monday as a deadline for BP, Transocean and other companies to file motions to dismiss claims over last year's deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the spill that followed it.Rig owner Transocean says many plaintiffs' claims should be dismissed because they allegedly failed to follow the terms of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and filed suit before properly presenting their claims to BP…

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27 February 2011

BP payments may not save Indians' livelihoods

Author: Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Louisiana's American Indian fishing villages…want Feinberg to compensate them not just for lost wages but for a way of life that relied on the bounty of the marshes and now is in jeopardy…Tribal leaders say they're worried many members won't be compensated fairly, so they've brought on a New York City law firm to help the tribes navigate the difficult claims process…Feinberg told those at his first meeting with Indian tribes Friday that he wanted to pay them claims for the value seafood and hunting plays in their everyday lives - so-called "subsistence claims."…"It's a claim that my lifestyle has been adversely impacted by my inability to any longer live off the resources that I hunt or catch," he said. "What I could go hunt or fish I now have to go buy.”

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26 February 2011

Panel Report on Gulf Spill Is Delayed [USA]

Author: Associated Press

A federal panel investigating the cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting oil spill will not finish its final report by the first anniversary of the disaster as it had hoped. Delays in testing the blowout preventer that failed to stop the spill forced the panel — a joint effort by the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement — to seek another deadline extension…

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