Alabama appears to be second in line for fines related to last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Senators representing Gulf states affected by the disaster came to a tentative agreement that would disperse fine money among Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. Congress has not yet passed the so-called Clean Water Act, which would specify how approximately 80 percent of fines that could top $20 billion would be shared among the affected states. Money would be used largely for environmental and economic recovery efforts. Meanwhile, complaints continue of unacceptable payment offers and delayed payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). A number of people who have filed claim requests and documentation have received offers dramatically less than requested or received payments excessively late; many of individuals have grown frustrated and settled for less than they deserve. Similarly, many boat operators who participated in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) program received inadequate payment or no payment at all. If you’ve suffered harm as a result of the Gulf Coast oil spill, you need an experienced attorney with the resources and knowledge to evaluate your claim in a timely fashion. Cases related to the oil spill are complex, and most are bound by time limitations. Please contact the Mobile, Alabama, attorneys at Long & Long to schedule your free case consultation.