The Associated Press March 22, 2011, 8:36AM ET

Alabama AG: Too much foot dragging on spill claims

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says payment of claims from last spring's BP PLC Gulf oil spill has been too slow and has sent a letter of complaint to claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg .

Strange said Monday the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has dragged its feet until victims are desperate to settle for anything.

Strange was in Bayou La Batre with Gov. Robert Bentley to remind Alabamians that April 20 is the deadline to file a claim to be included in the federal court litigation against Transocean Ltd., the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded nearly a year ago. They said filing a claim with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is not the same as filing for the court case.

Information about the court case is available at 1-800-831-8814 or

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