Latest news: December 22, 2011

12.22.2011 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Firm hired to evaluate Ken Feinberg’s oil spill claims process

By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune. December 21, 2011.

” The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday selected a New York consulting and investigations firm to evaluate Kenneth Feinberg’s oil spill claims process. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perrelli sent a letter Wednesday to BDO Consulting’s offices in New York and Houston urging the firm to immediately begin its review and report its findings by March…”

Auditor to look at oil spill recovery fund

By Deborah Barfield Berry, The Montgomery Advertiser. December 22, 2011.

“WASHINGTON — Federal officials named an international consulting company Wednesday to conduct an independent audit of the fund created to compensate people and businesses for money lost because of last year’s BP oil spill…”

BP: Rig partner liable for own punitive damages

By Harry R. Weber, Associated Press. December 21, 2011.

“BP wants to shield itself from having to compensate Halliburton for punitive damages, fines and penalties the cement contractor may face for its role in the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…”

Pass the RESTORE Act!

By NETWORK. December 22, 2011.

“The entire Gulf coastline from Texas to Florida continues to be impacted by the 2010 oil spill. The need for restoration is immediate. NETWORK, along with people of diverse faiths from across the country, call on the Congress to pass the RESTORE Act (H.R. 3096) as soon as possible in the New Year.”

Christmas count turns birdwatchers into scientists

By Nikki Buskey, The Daily Comet. December 21, 2011.

“Bird watchers are prowling Louisiana this week as part of a massive effort to track birds on their winter migration…”