Businesses, families still struggling after oil spill
BATON ROUGE - Many say a one-time payment months ago from the Gulf Coast Claims Center isn't helping anymore. And without any more money, they're without work and struggling to survive at home.
That's what hundreds on the coast have told claims administrator Ken Feinberg at town hall meetings in Louisiana this week. He's managing $20 billion that is supposed to help people recover from the spill.
But people say payments are slow, or short, if they show at all.
Feinberg says he's trying to find ways to make the process more efficient, which includes possibly hiring local workers for the claims centers.
He says $3 billion has been paid out to $170,000 people to date.