Rules have been changed to make more generous payouts to Louisiana Shrimpers. Ken Feinberg, administrator of the $20 billion fund to compensate businesses and individuals hurt by the BP oil spill, has been under fire from seafood producers in Louisiana for denying many claims and for the slow pace of payments. So far the fund has paid out only $5.5 billion dollars. The Justice Department has scheduled an audit of the controversial program. Clint Guidry, head of the Louisiana Shrimpers Association, says he's gratified that Feinberg is starting to see things their way and the changes couldn't have come at a better time. He says he just hopes Feinberg will continue to work with his shrimpers.
Feinberg says he expects to have the new rules in place within two weeks.