That is the question.
My Dad was telling me the Escambia County School District is filing a claim for a chunk of that sweet Kenneth Feinberg cash. This claim is based on the tax revenue they didn’t earn because the taxpayers didn’t earn because of the oil spill.
Heh, maybe I should filed a claim too, jokes Dad. He had little work this summer, because tourism plummeted after the oil spill. (He is a classical musician who plays double bass, if you are wondering what kind of work.)
So I’m doing a little research to see what qualifies as an economic damage from the Gulf Oil Spill.
Dad’s claim would definitely be for indirect damage, and is thus more tenuous than the fishermen and such. Seems less tenuous than Escambia County Schools, however. So if they are the “low water mark” for causation, my feeling is: go for it.
The official Gulf Coast Claim Facility (GCCF) website says that eligibility and reimbursement amount for indirect claims are based on:
“geographic proximity to the Spill, whether you are dependent on injured natural resources, and the nature of your business.”
I don’t really understand why the nature of the business is a consideration, because this standard is used after they’ve concluded that your damage is indirect.
Neither is the Escambia County School District. Neither is the Venus Experience Salon. One commenter to the Venus article was critical of all indirect claims:
“Those making claims for indirect cost reimbursements should be ashamed… So when LSU and Alabama play football if he game isn’t a sellout let’s file a claim… If you aren’t a fisherman or oil field worker… What entitles you compensation…”
It is a fair enough question. I expect that direct claimants will be paid first, and the indirectly damaged folks will split the leftovers (if there are any).
Anyway, you can’t get any unless you get in line for it. You can file online, or by phone, or in person at the local office. Now, the federal government was so concerned about BP being too slow and difficult with the claims process that they extorted bullied sagely convinced BP to let Kenneth Feinberg handle it.
Of course, the process will still be slow and difficult. I mean, come on. I don’t even have to mention the DMV, the Post Office . . . . Also, there are a heckuva lotta claims and a ton of difficult questions to answer, no matter who runs the show.
P.S. Is it wrong to file a claim with the GCCF, if you are personally convinced the government violated the Constitution when it set up the fund?