Have you filed a claim with BP? Tell us about it
Readers -- We'd like your help with a project looking at what's happening with claims filed against BP. Tampabay.com is partnering with ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, to look at the BP claims process.
More than 100,000 claims have been filed. So far, BP has paid less than a third of the claims it has received, and spent a little over $200 million, about 1 percent of the $20 billion that it set aside in an escrow account to pay damages. In less than two weeks, an independent claims administrator appointed by President Barack Obama -- Kenneth Feinberg -- will take over the claims process from BP.
ProPublica plans to shine some sunlight on the entire process. In its first piece, the site reported that BP has left many damage claims waiting in limbo.
If you have filed a claim on behalf of your business or local government, please share your experience. If you offer your information, reporters from the St. Petersburg Times or Pro Publica may contact you for a follow-up interview.
If you have no plans to file a claim, you can help find claimants in other ways -- tweet this, post it to Facebook or share with friends in the Gulf Coast who may be affected by the Gulf oil disaster.
Thanks in advance for your help.