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Gov. Riley Says Oil Spill Claims On Roller Coaster

Mobile, AL – Gov. Bob Riley says the oil spill claims process is on a roller coaster, speeding up when leaders call a meeting to air complaints and slowing down again soon after.

Riley, Sen. Jeff Session, R-Ala. and Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, met on Thursday in Mobile with oil spill claims czar Ken Feinberg.

The governor described the handling of one claim as a terrible injustice.

Feinberg spent most of the morning listening to business owners explain how they and others in their industry feel left out in the cold by Feinberg's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Most of the owners said that they and others got payments that covered only a fraction of their losses.

Feinberg took down claim numbers from many of those present and promised to give them his personal attention.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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