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Diane Wilson’s Jet Set Code Pink Shrimp Takes On BP

by | 14th, April 2011

TO the BP Annual General Meeting, where shrimp farmer and serial protestor Diane Wilson from Texas has daubed herself with oil to make a point that oil is bad.

Says she:

“I’ve come all the way here from the Gulf Coast. My community is gone, and they won’t let me in. I am coming to articulate the anger of thousands of Gulf Coast residents whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed while the BP board continues to prosper.”

Didn’t BP set up a $20bn fund to compensate those affected by the oil leak in the Gulf? Yes, it did.

The basic structure will partially mimic the 9/11 compensation fund, by setting up and publishing criteria for paying out claims. Anyone suffering an economic loss from the spill can file a claim. If claimants are not satisfied with the administrator’s decision, they can appeal to a three-judge panel. Obama said the process would make “every effort” to expedite claims.

So. The shrimpers are all dead in the water?

”Why? It don’t pay me to [go shrimping] when they’re going to pay my claim anyway,” says Cooper, a wiry man who is vice-president of the state’s shrimpers association.

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