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Department of Justice orders audit of oil spill claims facility

Staff Report

MOBILE, Alabama — The Department of Justice has asked an outside firm to audit the handling of more than 1 million claims resulting from last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Press-Register has learned.

U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perelli wrote in a letter to officials with New York-based BDO Consulting that his office has heard concerns over the improper handling of claims documents, unnecessary delays in processing claim, and inconsistent payments for similarly situated claimants.

Click here to read Perelli’s letter in its entirety.

Claims czar Ken Feinberg, who has been overseeing the claims on behalf of BP PLC, which owns the well that seeped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last summer, said he welcomes this audit, which local and federal officials and have been asking for.

He added that the claims facility looks forward to working with the auditor.

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