Thursday, August 12, 2010
Is BP getting scammed on payouts?
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has sold
2,200 licenses since the spill,
Lt Col Jeff Mayne of the LDWF Law Enforcement Division told the BBC today.
(If things are so bad in the Gulf, why are people still getting licenses in Louisiana?)
So far BP has paid $308million to those whose livelihood has been threatened by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
But to receive compensation, fishermen must display a valid fishing licence - and applications for such licenses have spiked by nearly 60 per cent, despite most fishing grounds being closed by the disaster.
Three people suspected of abusing the system have been arrested in the past week in the U.S.
See more here