Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is demanding that BP do more to accelerate its claims process for affected businesses in the Florida Keys.
Statement from Ros-Lehtinen:
"Businesses in the Florida Keys are suffering like never before. First the Great Recession caused havoc on these businesses and now the largest oil spill in our nation's history threatens to wipe them out completely. BP has a moral responsibility to help these businesses and while they have initiated the claims process for these small businesses, they must do more to accelerate a process which many complain to be cumbersome and paperwork extensive.
These mom and pop operations should not suffer any loss of revenue because of BP's mismanagement. They deserve to be fully compensated and as quickly as possible. While BP claims the spill is now being controlled, the ecological and environmental damage is far reaching. The television reports of marine birds soaked in crude, of oil entering fragile Luisiana marshlands, and of the countless shrimpers and fishermen suffering because they cannot go out and work is emotionally devastating and shows us the dangers of off shore oil drilling.
I urge BP to streamline its claims process and to make this horrible situation a little easier on these affected businesses. The threat of oil reaching the Florida Panhandle is now a reality and it will only be a matter of time before this oil spreads south and into the fragile and ecologically rich waters off of the Florida Keys. We must be ready for all possible scenarios."
Updated information pertaining to the BP oil disaster can be found on the Congresswoman's website: http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/