The federal government wants more openness from BP about how it is handling damage claims tied to the Gulf oil spill. Admiral Thad Allen, who's heading the government's response to the disaster, met with BP officials today.
"We need complete, ongoing transparency into BP's claims process including detailed information on how claims are being evaluated, how payment amounts are being calculated, and how quickly claims are being processed," Allen wrote in a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward.
Several fishermen and charter fishing businesses have told us they either haven't seen a dime from BP, or haven't gotten enough money for the bills that keep coming. However, BP did report as of Monday it has paid nearly $49 million to individuals and business impacted by the spill. The company also said it will issue a second round of payments to cover lost wages or profits, boosting the amount it will pay out to about $84 million. Still, many people say BP isn't providing enough cash. What's going on? We're trying to find out. Tonight we'll bring the store of Louisiana couple that owns a lucrative charter fishing business. They say BP is moving too slow and is putting up too much red tape.
We're also checking into BP's claim that it is "untrue" that clean up workers have been prohibited from speaking to the media. "BP fully supports and defends all individuals rights to share their personal thoughts and experiences with journalists if they so chose," COO Doug Suttles said today. We're digging into that claim and keeping them honest. We'll also have CNN's John Robert's interview with Suttles.
Plus, we'll give you an up close look at the oil cleanup efforts in Louisiana. Anderson took a boat tour of a devastated barrier island with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who's fed up waiting for BP to clean up the oil. Jindal and local officials are now testing vacuums to suck up the mess. Jindal calls it "Cajun ingenuity."
Meanwhile, the number keeps going up on the amount of oil being captured with the cap now in place. Today BP said more than 15,000 barrels were recovered from the ruptured well in a recent 24-hour period. That's 15 times the original estimate and triple the size of the later estimate of 5,000 barrels.
There's also the battle over whether there are underwater plumes. BP says they don't exist. Scientists say they do. Our Tom Foreman, who will play the part of science teacher, will have that angle tonight.
We also have Anderson's exclusive interview with some of the wives of the oil rig explosion. Hear how the inferno changed their lives and what they have to say about BP.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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