Today is the deadline for individuals and businesses impacted by the Gulf Oil spill to apply for emergency claims from BP's (BP) $20 billion fund.

Fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, 65, has already paid out more than $1.9 billion in compensation. President Barack Obama appointed Feinberg, a lawyer who oversaw compensation of 9/11 victims, to handle the fund.

Feinberg faces intense criticism from lawmakers, state officials and business groups about the way he has handled the Gulf compensation. They accuse of him of inconsistency in how claims are evaluated and offering too little money.

"People are frustrated, and they get more frustrated when they hear about people who are doing the same job in some other industry but are getting checks," said Beverly Martin, director of the Mississippi Casino Operators Association.

As of Nov. 20, more than 411,000 claims had been submitted. More than 122,000 claims were paid or approved, and almost 61,200 denied.

BP is paying Feinberg's company $850,000 a month administer the fund.

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Ken Fienberg is a Boston ,Massachusetts attorney and gave out the Vietnam Vets payments over Agent Orange which as we all know took tens of years ! Can the Gulf residents wait as long to settle their property damage claims? Massachusetts is still going forward with several oil spill property damage claims since 2003 . Will the Gulf residents have to wait as long as Masdsachusetts residents ? Mitt Romney was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from Jan 2,2003 to Jan 4,2007. During his one term the Buzzards Bay oil spill happened during April 2003 . On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil. The oil is known to have affected an estimated 90 miles of shoreline, killed 450 numerous bird species, and recreational use of the bay, such as shell fishing and boating. Since the 2003 oil spill the US Coast Guard has appealed the 2004 Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act and one Massachusetts property damage lawsuit has dragged on for eight years. Republican Mitt Romney is laying the groundwork for a possible White House campaign in 2012, hiring a team of staff members and consultants.

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