As the answers come to light, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has a list of policy recommendations to raise the bar for accountability and help prevent another safety crisis.
Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has broken with his own past practices, as well as the evidence compiled by scientists and the experience of Gulf Coast residents, and refused to pay health claims filed by Gulf Coast residents.
In a strong rebuke to BP and the legal ethics of its embattled hired gun, Ken Feinberg, a federal judge ruled it was misleading for Feinberg to call himself "independent" of BP. Finally, the residents in the Gulf may have caught a break.
It's important to remember that BP is not showing magnanimity by participating in a compensation program -- fund or no fund, they are legally obligated to pay for damages caused by their explosion and spill.