Bumpy Start To BP Fund Puzzles Gulf
Wall Street Journal:
The last Saturday night in September, Timothy Farris shut down his Godfather's Pizza restaurant here in this small Gulf Coast beach town, a victim, he says, of the dismal tourist slump that accompanied oil and tar balls washing ashore from the giant BP spill.
Mr. Farris had applied for $258,000 in emergency compensation from a $20 billion fund the oil company set up to help stricken businesses. But weeks had passed without a verdict on whether he would get anything, and he couldn't afford to stay open any longer, he says.