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BP Claims get Shortchanged
After the devastating effects of the BP oil spill last year, the BP claims process was supposed to cure any financial ills of the individuals and businesses affected. The BP claims process is run by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and Ken Feinberg, it has been sorely lacking when it comes to paying BP claims in a timely fashion. Many claimants are desperate, as their home are being foreclosed, and vehicles repossessed. Many claims that have been at the GCCF have been outrightly denied after jumping through many hoops and after giving the GCCF all of the documentation needed. Many business owners and individuals have not received any money since the GCCF took over the BP Claims process from BP.
The BP Claims 25K quick pay
It seems as though that many businesses are being offered $25,000 when their loss is much more substantial. We have been receiving phone calls from business owners and individuals that filed their BP claims last year that still have not gotten paid. Recently however we have seen a number of offers made to these businesses in the amount of 25k. These were unsolicited offers by the GCCF, in one instance a Lodge owner on Grand Isle who has a large fishing camp, and was owed over $700,000 by the GCCF was made a settlement offer of 25K. He had been waiting for over six months to receive his oil spill claims money only to receive a 25K unsolicited offer from the GCCF and Mr. Feinberg. If he accepted the 25K offer, he would be giving up his right to sue BP for any future damages, his business was clearly affected by the BP oil spill as it catered strictly to fisherman and corporate retreats that would take place at the Louisiana Fish Camp. It is astonishing that BP and the GCCF have would make such a low offer to a business that was so clearly affected by the BP oil spill
BP Claims Help
We can help you get the help you deserve for your BP claims, if you feel that the GCCF owes you more then the 5K or the 25K Quick Pays, fill out the form to the right. We have aligned ourselves with the best BP Claims Adjusters, and BP Claims Attorneys in the country, they can help you with you claims. If your claim is still at the GCCF, members of our team can go into your BP Claim while it is still sitting at the GCCF. If your claim has been denied and many have, team members can organize your claim and recalculate your claim all while still at the GCCF. If you have yet to file your BP claims and you would like help from the beginning, in organizing and presenting a claim to the GCCF we can do that too. If all avenues have been exhausted BP claims Attorneys can prepare for litigation.
BP Claims receive Unsolicited Offers
The GCCF is making unsolicited offers for your BP Claims. As it turns out they are calling people with valid BP Claims, and offering them BP Claims Quick pays in many instances. Many of these people are business owners who lost more then the 25k they are being offered for their Oil Spill Claims. If you receive any of these offers, and want to speak to an expert regarding your Gulf Coast Claims, we can help you get straight answers regarding your BP Claims.
BP Claims Experts
All BP Claims experts are not the same, there are law firms, accounting groups, claims adjusters, all trying to get a piece of the Oil Spill Claims pie. I am proud to say that hands down we have put together the best people in the country to handle your Oil Spill Claims. They are known in the Industry, and yes their is now an Industry around the BP Claims process, as the preeminent experts in their respective fields. We have a BP Claims Calculations expert, we have a BP Claims litigation expert, and a firm specializing in people that have gotten ill during the oil spill. The Claims Team that we have assembled is truly at the apex of their respective fields. Remember that all members of the BP Claims Team are separate entities, but many of them are now collaborating together to get your BP Claims paid.
BP Claims Paperwork
When you are preparing for the BP Claims process have your tax records, w-2`s, and bank records ready for 2008, 2009, 2010. If you are a business, have a P and L ready for 2009 and 2010, they are now asking for 2011. Get all the paperwork together you can to substantiate your loss. If you were layed off as a result of the BP oil spill, as the financial effects trickled down through the economies, get a letter from your boss. If you are a business that lost a contract due to the oil spill, ask for a letter from the client who had to cancel the contract. Do not overburden the GCCF or people handling your Gulf Coast Claims with extra un-needed paperwork. It slows down the process and allows for more error, we are very well aware of the fact that the GCCF mislabels paperwork in your file, less documentation can be a benefit, overwhelming the process with lots of irrelevant paperwork will not help your BP Claims.
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BP Claims at the GCCF
If your BP Claims are filed with the GCCF and you are tired of waiting for the decision, or have received deficiency letters and would like your claims troubleshooted and recalculated members of the Team can do that for a 15% fee of what is recovered. BP Claims Adjusters are best utilized here.
Denied BP Claims
If your Oil SpillClaims have been denied there are a number of options available. Members of the Team can reorganize and recalculate your claims all while it is sitting at the GCCF. People who have tried to handle their claims themselves and been denied 3 times have utilized members of our Team, and gotten their claims approved, one within 9 days, though that is not the norm, it usually takes about 45 days. If your Claims have other issues such as causation, moratorium, or other legal challenges it maybe best to speak with one of our noted Claims Attorneys. Claims Adjusters, and or Attorneys should be considered here.
GCCF makes you a BP Claims Settlement Offer
If the GCCF makes you an offer on your Oil Spill Claims, our Claims Experts will review the settlement at no charge and tell you if you should receive more. They will only charge you for the extra monies you receive above the original offer. BP Claims Adjusters are best utilized here.
Your BP Claims lack paperwork or has other Issues
In some cases, where there is a lack of necessary documentation or other issues are at hand, it may be best to place your BP Oil Spill Claims with an Attorney. An Attorney specializing in the BP Claims process has several different tools at their disposal in-order to help you get your BP Claims settled. They may choose to litigate your Oil Spill Claims, they may put your BP Claims in a pool of other similar Oil Spill Claims, they may directly negotiate with GCCF on your behalf, all in-order to get your BP Claims paid. BP Claims Attorneys are best utilized here.
BP Claims that have not been filed yet
If you think you can handle your Oil Spill Claims by yourself, and want to give it a try by all means do. Do not let the GCCF tell you how to calculate your BP Claims though. If you think that you have a grasp on all the necessary calculations and their ever changing trending( this is why most BP Claims are denied), my hat is off to you. If you want the help of Claims Experts that have been there, done that, and are the most respected BP Claims Experts in the country, you may want to consider using a Claims Adjuster or a BP Claims Attorney.
How much does it cost to handle your BP Claims
All BP Claims professionals that we work with, work on a contingency basis, they don`t get paid until you do. BP Claims Adjusters and Consultants charge 15%, and BP Claims Attorney`s that handle a myriad of oil spill claims and legal issues charge from 20%-33 1/3% to handle your BP Claims.
BP Claims making the News
I have been writing for about a month now about BP Claims and the ensuing battle for transparency with the GCCF and Ken Feinberg. BP Claims Lawyers have asked Judge Barbier to appoint a Special Master to the 20 Billion Dollars Oil Spill Claims Fund. Attorney Generals from the Gulf States have asked Judge Barbier to look at complaints that the GCCF is intentionally Delaying, and Denying BP Claims in order to pressure oil spill victims into taking BP Quick Pays. Attorneys for the Plaintiff`s also charge that the GCCF is not in compliance with the Oil Pollution Act, and that all the Quick Pays deserve a second shot at the BP Claims Fund.
Today GCCF Lawyers Defend their Handling of BP Claims
The Attorney for Ken Feinberg, David Pitofsky said in court filings that the BP Claims Funds accomplishments show that there is no need for court oversight. He went on to say that they are overseen by several committees in Congress and the Coast Guard. When asked about the BP Claims Quick Pays he said that “It can be a perfectly rational decision to accept an assured short-term payment over a possibly larger, but postponed long-term payment. He also said that “claimants are drawn by the immediate cash for their BP Claims.”
GCCF Tactics regarding BP Claims
The GCCF is utilizing a Delay, Deny, Defend tactic when it comes to paying your BP Claims. The GCCF is ever changing what they are asking people for regarding documentation, and the BP Claims process is ever shifting and becoming more forensic. People are receiving unsolicited offers from the GCCF mostly in the form of Quick Pays. Many of the Quick Pays that are being offered by the GCCF are far lower then what BP actually owes people and business`s affected by the BP Oil Spill.
What to do about Your BP Claims
Quite simply put them in the hands of a BP Claims Expert, whether you use one of our BP Claims Team members, or find your own. BP Claims Team members are getting oil spill claims paid. We have been working with many of them since the beginning of the spill, and they are doing a fine job getting people paid. We have added some new members that are filling niche`s as new developments in the BP Claims process need to be addressed. BP Claims Team members can look into your claim while it is at the GCCF, and figure out why it is being delayed, cure any deficiencies, and explain your claim to GCCF staff in order to substantiate your claims. BP Claims members can help if your claim was denied, and of course they can help you if you are filing a BP Claim for the first time. All Team members work on a contingency basis, and their fees start at 15%.
Best of Luck with your BP Claims.
This week GCCF Claims got Paid
One of the Claims Professionals we work with received 14 offers on Friday alone, why, because they are very good at organizing and maximizing GCCF claims, or going into your claim while it is at the GCCF recalculating the claim and curing any deficiencies. They have a reputation at the GCCF for being spot on when it comes to their calculations, and not leaving any money on the table. There are true BP Claims professionals who know how to deal with the GCCF, and you can find them here.
GCCF Claims Professionals
There are organizations that have a handle on the BP Claims process, there are law firms, accounting groups, and claims adjusters that have all had success with the GCCF. Some are better with smaller individual claims, while others handle more complex business and personal claims. Sometimes your BP Claims are better off in the hands of an Attorney because of causation issues, and a myriad of other challenges the GCCF may bring up. There is a lot to be said about placing your claim with the right group from the beginning, that truly understands the GCCF and the process.
GCCF and BP Claims Preparation
The GCCF and BP Claims process has been difficult for many people, and many professionals to get a grasp on. The fact is the GCCF methodology, and the trending incorporated within in change on a regular basis. People and business`s are getting oil spill claims paid by the GCCF. Many claims are being held up, because they lack proper documentation, or have been improperly filed either by the GCCF, or by oil spill claimants. It is vital when preparing your GCCF claim that you give them exactly what they ask for, nothing more and nothing less, as it leads to confusion, and allows more room for error. If your BP Claims are not being paid in a timely fashion, and most are not, demand answers from the GCCF. If your BP Claim seems like it should be more, and the GCCF is not explaining it to your satisfaction, put it in the hands of a GCCF professional.
The GCCF is Being Sued for BP Claims Delay
The Florida Lawsuit claims that BP Claims are not being paid in a timely fashion in an effort to starve the claimants so that they will accept just a miniscule amount of what they are actually owed.The Attorney points out something we have said for months on this blog that BP is using a Delay, Deny, Defend Strategy.
Feinberg has been under heavy fire from Plaintiffs Attorneys as well as the Attorney Generals from the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The fact remains that only a fraction of Interim Claims have been paid, and these were the initial solution that would give time for people and business`s to evaluate the devastating effects fro the BP Oil Spill. Instead of helping people put their Interim Claims together they came up with the BP Claims Quick Pay, which for all intensive purposes, was used as a mechanism to give starving claimants a fraction of what was owed, while they signed off their rights to sue BP.
Lets Look at what officials have BP Claims Issues
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said the GCCF payments “do not amount to much” and Alabama residents have been “reduced to begging for handouts from an organization … whose primary missions seems to be turning them down.”
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a request that Barbier intervene in the GCCF process.
The Gulf States of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana have all criticized Feinberg and the GCCF, on how they have handled your BP Claims.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell wrote a memo criticizing Feinberg and said he was not complying with the Oil Pollution Act known as OPA.
Now there is an Audit underway led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Recent GCCF and BP Claims Developments
Recently several groups that receive your information from the Review Form on the right have met with Mr. Feinberg and other officials at the GCCF. The GCCF and Mr Feinberg has made them a lot of promises as they went over your BP Claims. Over the course of the next few days one of the leading Attorneys that has literally thousands of BP Claims many of them coming from this site, will be sitting down trying to settle as many BP Claims as they can. It is my hope that they have great success and settle as many BP Claims as possible and people actually get their BP Claims paid.
I have met with Mike Rosen myself, he is Ken Feinberg`s law partner, we had a nice, very informative conversation, that was over 6 months ago. I walked away thinking that these guys care and really want to help people. The fact remains the BP Claims process would not have all of the above mentioned critics including me if it was working properly.
As my Grandfather always said, Actions speak louder then Words.
Now a little word of advice to the GCCF stop talking, and just pay people`s BP Claims
Hood Sues Feinberg to gain access to BP Claims
Jim Hood the Mississippi Attorney General resorted to the lawsuit because his efforts to gain access to the documents on Mississippi BP Claims have failed. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the audit a day earlier in a letter to Feinberg. These are two of the top Attorneys in the country demanding to audit the BP Claims process, why, because they feel it is unfair, and it is taking to long to get the people their BP Claims money.
BP wants you to file your BP Claims without an Attorney
If the U.S. Attorney General has had to get involved in the BP Claims Process, you can bet it is downhill for the GCCF. The company who does not want you to use a lawyer is now getting it with both barrels from two of the top Attorneys in the Country. The GCCF and Mr.Feinberg had an opportunity to hand over all the documents that Mr.Hood had asked for, instead they delayed, giving him some documents, but not the ones he really wanted. Does this sound familiar? It is going to be interesting when they audit these BP Claims. If the leading Attorneys in the country are gearing up for a full investigation of the BP Claims process, and BP doesn`t want you to use an Attorney when filing your BP Claims, you should certainly see some red flags in the BP Claims Process.
Let me Remind You this is what BP`s ad on Google Reads:
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BP Claims Solutions a few Thoughts
If BP suggests you go left, think about going right, find a trusted BP Claims professional who can truly make this right for you, and has a track record holding BP accountable. Do your homework, if you feel you can handle your BP Claims yourself, build a personal relationship with someone who works at a BP Claims office, I have seen this pay dividends for a few people. Do not take their final settlement offer, there are just to many unknowns at this time, if you really need the money then o.k., but there maybe consequences down the road.
If your BP Claims were denied, or are still awaiting documents we can still help you,we have Claims Adjusters and Attorneys that are at the top of their respective fields. We are here to help you maximize your BP Claims.
BP Claims and Our BP Claims Dream Team
The BP Claims process has best been understood by people that have studied the process, and are aware of what the proper calculations are to elicit a positive response from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The methodology behind how the GCCF calculates your BP Claims has been hard to understand for many, and it is tilted in their favor. When oil spill claims calculations have been done by members of our Dream Team, BP Claims are often 50% or more then if you did them the GCCF`s way. Many denied BP Claims have also gotten paid by our Gulf Coast Claims Team. They will help you put together any paperwork that may be needed, reorganize and maximize your BP Claims, all while it is still sitting with the GCCF.
BP Claims that have been Denied, Paid in 9 Days
If you have had your BP Claims Denied it very well could be a blessing in disguise. There are members of our Dream Team that specialize in BP Denied Claims. The good news is that most of your paperwork is already together, and sitting at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. This allows members of our Team to analyze the documents while at the GCCF, and add any necessary documents, and go over your numbers once again. Often they will find that your calculations were off, and that BP owes you more then you originally thought. They have had denied BP Claims paid within 9 days. This is not typical, but it has been done.
Are your BP Claims Still Under Review or Awaiting Documents
Often BP Claims are under review for several reasons, sometimes they just haven`t gotten to them, but often they are lacking the proper paperwork, this is usually followed by a Deficiency Letter. Most often BP Claims that lack the necessary paperwork are denied by the GCCF. Members of our Team can access your paperwork while it is at the GCCF, fix whatever is wrong and speed up the BP Claims process. They will also keep you up to date regarding the status of your BP Claims.
BP Business Claims and Multiple BP Claims
Very often when members of the BP Claims Team begin to analyze your case, and find out more about you, and what revenue streams were affected by you or your business, they often find that you can make multiple BP Claims. These BP Claims need to be substantiated with various paperwork that they will help put together. BP Business Claims are often very complex, we have members on the team that are currently handling BP Claims in excess of 100 million dollars. There are no BP Claims to big or to small.
BP Claims Dream Team: How it Works and How Much
All members of the BP Claims Dream Team work on a contingency basis, they don`t get paid until you do. They are all at the apex in their respective fields. They are highly respected by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Each member of our Team is it`s own separate entity. It is the goal of BPClaims.org to place you with the member of the Team that best suits your needs. We have helped over 10,000 Individuals and Business`s get the help they deserve. Over 125,000 people have gone to our website since it started in May of 2010. Members of our Team charge from 15% on up to 33.3% if you need the help of an Attorney. All fees are done on a contingency basis. When you fill out the form to the right, we will immediately call you, to insure that your information is forwarded to the member that best suits your needs on our BP Claims Team.
BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
BP has let us all know where they stand with the BP Claims process, if there was any doubt in your mind, if you thought they would show good faith, if you thought they were truly going to “make it right” through the BP claims process, they are not.
BP announced last week they did not want to pay for future loses, then they hit people with low ball BP Claims offers, hoping people would be happy, just to get something for their BP Claims. After BP made the statement regarding future loses, it was predicted by BPClaims.org that they would follow this up with low ball offers, and that is exactly what happened.
We had all hoped that BP would act in good faith, instead they trying to bury people in BP Claims paperwork, and other delaying tactics.The Attorney Generals from across the Gulf Region have seen this coming, and are launching a full investigation into the BP Claims process.
BP Claims: Our Pledge and Our Team
If you have a Valid BP Claim we will not rest until you get Paid. We have assembled the Best Group of BP Claims Attorneys, and Claims Adjusters that have a history of doing battle with BP and Winning. The team that has come together to make sure you are treated fairly by BP and the GCCF, We have one goal in mind, TO GET YOUR BP CLAIMS PAID. We have several Groups of Attorneys and Adjusters that all have areas of specialization. We have Denied Claims Specialists, BP Business Claims Experts, Medial Claims and VOO Attorneys, and of course Individual Claims are a priority.
BP has shown it`s colors and it`s true intent, there is no longer a shadow of doubt what their true intentions are. We are All very passionate about helping the people, and the business`s affected by the BP Oil Spill, and have a track record to prove it.
BP Denied Claims Paid in 9 Days: BP Claims Under Review Experts
We have added a few new players to the BPClaims.org Team, and I am proud to say they are Experts with BP Denied Claims. They have gotten denied BP Claims paid in 9 Days. They have an in depth knowledge of how the GCCF works, and what is required for a successful BP Claim. If your BP Claims are under review, they can dig in to your claim while it is sitting at the GCCF, find any deficiencies, reorganize it, and maximize it. We will put an end to your BP Claims nightmare.
BP Claims Litigation
If for whatever reason your BP Claim can`t be settled amicably, we have The Attorney that has gotten THE LARGEST AWARDS FROM BP EVER ON OUR TEAM. One way or another BP is going to pay. This is a Tier 1 law firm, which means they are the best of the best, they also specialize in fast tracking BP Business Claims for companies that are in distress as a result of the oil spill. As the true intentions of BP and the GCCF has been disclosed, litigation may be a necessary means to get your BP Claims Paid, it is best to be prepared.
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Aricle: BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
Author: Bill Bohack
BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
BP Claims and the Future of the Gulf Coast
With BP trying to mitigate damages by saying everything is back to normal economically, and they will not pay BP Claims for future loses, except in a few cases such as Oystermen, one can`t help but wonder what the future holds for the BP Claims process. The BP Claims process was supposed to make everything right as we endured the worst man made oil spill in history. Remember that it was BP`s negligence that caused the oil spill in the first place, and the BP Claims process was supposed to make it right, or at the very least, as right as it could be. What draws many people to the Gulf Coast is the natural beauty of the Gulf, the fresh seafood, and the splendor of spending a day in the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. By all accounts from fishermen, oystermen, shrimpers, and crabbers the Gulf`s health has issues. If the Gulf Health deteriorates as has been evidenced, will people want to come here to vacation, and that seems to be the only factor that BP is using when it speaks of taking future loses out of the BP Claims process.
Gulf Health and BP Claims
If the Gulf of Mexico faces a catastrophic decline in marine populations, and there is some evidence of this already, what will happen to the tourists who have historically come to enjoy the seafood and bathe at the beautiful beaches. Three out of five people won`t eat Gulf Seafood. If it is not safe for the animals that call the Gulf home, are you really going to let your kids swim in the Gulf. It may not come to light this year, but there is mounting evidence that in the following years we could see a steep decline of locally harvested seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, and it is quite possible the Gulf will have a stigma to it, that no amount of BP Claims money will ever be able to fix.
Environmental Indicators and BP Claims
Certain Areas are reporting the Crab catch is down about 75% of from previous years, the brown shrimp catch is down about 90%, approximately 80% of the oysters are dead, fishermen are noting substantially decreased numbers of what was once plentiful catches, and the GCCF is slow to pay people on the front lines their BP Claims money. It took years to figure out what was going on environmentally after the Exxon Valdez tragedy, this is happening at warp speed in comparison. At the same time BP is trying not to pay for future losses for BP Claims, meanwhile we are finding once steady fisheries in collapse, and this is year one. Oyster beds are not going to come back for years, the GCCF admits that, the crabs don`t seem to have any eggs with them, and die shortly after harvesting, these are leading indicators of the Health of the Gulf, and it`s surrounding waters. No amount of BP Claims money can make this right.
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BP gives marching orders to Feinberg regarding Future BP Claims
BP in a letter to Feinberg, is saying that Feinberg should not pay any BP claims for future loses because fisheries have reopened and the tourist season is back in full swing, as they cite hotel industry statistics, and news reports, reporting strong business backed by summertime tourism. The BP Claims process should not take into consideration future loses when factoring BP Claims. The remarks made by BP to Feinberg leave little doubt who is in charge of the BP Claims process. Just when you thought things could not get any worse at the GCCF, and their ability to treat BP Claims fairly
At the beginning of July, the GCCF had paid $4.5 billion in claims to 195,000 claimants. There are also about $430 million worth of offers that are under consideration by Gulf residents. Mind you that almost 600,000 BP Claims have been filed.
BP Claims Ploy or just Absolute Arrogance
Could this be just a ploy by BP to get people to accept the next batch of BP claims settlements. According to my calculations BP is about to pay the next round of BP Claims, remember they get founded with 1.2 Billion dollars every quarter. The last wave of claims we saw receive settlements was mid April, making mid July the next wave that should occur. When it occurs we will see a sudden jump in offers being made, many of these offers will be Interim Claims offers accompanied by Final Claim offers. The news seems to coincide with the next wave of BP Claims settlement offers, coincidence, I doubt it. BP and the GCCF have joint strategies and the biggest one is to settle the most amount of BP Claims, for the least amount of money, by BP telling the public that it wants to take future loses off the table, many people with valid BP Claims will be inclined to settle now.
The Arrogance of BP to even suggest that the Gulf Region is back to normal and exceeding pre spill numbers marks a new low in the BP Claims process. It is understandable that BP and the GCCF want people to believe that everything is alright after the Oil Spill, many business owners share the same sentiment. The fact however is everything is not all right, and according to various sources things could get a lot worse in time, neither BP or Gulf Coast Business owners want to hear this.
BP Claims and the lesson from Alaska: Herring and Brown Shrimp
I just spent a week with Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit from the show Deadliest Catch, they are two dear friends that were in town for the Suncoast Offshore. They were instrumental in helping me launch previous charity sites that helped 1000`s of people connect with charities directly after the BP Oil Spill. They are quick to point out that the fishery in Prince William sound seemed normal for the first several years, then dramatically dropped, never to return to normal 20+ years later. Current estimates have the Herring population at about 15% of the pre spill population. The latest indicators from the Gulf Fishery show a dramatic decline in the catch of brown shrimp, this has happened even faster then anticipated. The catch is down over 90% and fleets of shrimpers have halted fishing for them. This is the real truth, that many families are grappling with, as they try make a living in this once thriving industry, at the same time BP is putting everyone on notice that they don`t want to pay for future loses for BP Claims.
Time is needed for a more complete evaluation of the Health of the Gulf of Mexico, as we have learned from past oil spills, many of the effects from such a catastrophic oil spill won`t be known for years. For BP to make such sweeping statements that it will not be responsible for future losses incurred by Gulf residents at this early juncture, only furthers my belief that the true course is to move forward with BP Interim Claims only.