Victims of The Spill

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 8:21am

Gulf Coast residents are still struggling one year after the BP spill.

The Gulf Coast is one of America's most unique and precious resources, but it's the people here
who may be the most valuable resource.

For a year now, they've been struggling.

Many of the oystermen, shrimpers and fisherman are back on the water, but questions still linger about their catch.

"Everything keeps coming back fine, saying the water and seafood is fine, that the seafood going to market is good, but perception is reality," says Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. "That is the challenge and its going to take time to overcome.

Restaurants and suppliers are nowhere near pre-spill numbers.

Many are still waiting for the financial help promised by BP and the federal government.

"There have been mistakes. I'm the first to admit it," says BP Claims Administrator Ken Feinberg.

Of the $20-billion set aside for claims, Feinberg has delivered just under $4-billion.

Feinberg says he hears the frustrations of those who say the process is too slow, and not nearly enough.

"I can't give you back your heritage. I can't restore the Gulf the way it was 100 years ago. I can only do what small role I can play in providing you compensation for your current damage," he says.

Tomorrow BP will fly family members of the eleven victims over the accident site and return for a private memorial.

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