Gulf Disaster

Fishermen Don't Get BP Checks

BP’s concessions to the federal government do not appear to have translated yet into good behavior: More than 500 fishermen from Louisiana and Mississippi never received the checks BP promised to pay them on Wednesday. BP had agreed to pay the clients of lawyer Jeffrey Briet every 30 days, but changed the process without notifying him. “Not only did they spring it on us that the process has changed, but the people I’ve been dealing with for six weeks who’ve done a good job said, ‘We don’t know what the process is going to be. We’re not authorized to talk to you about it. Someone from BP will contact you,’” Briet said, adding that no one from the company has reached out to him yet.