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One year ago today, The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Last night, Piers Morgan spoke with Shelley Anderson, a Deepwater Horizon widow, Kenneth Feinberg, the man in charge of the BP compensation fund, and others in an effort to shed some light on the progress being made in the Gulf.
Anderson is trying to get some answers out of Transocean, the company that owns the rig. "Transocean has filed a lawsuit against me and my children," Anderson said. "These lawyers [they've assigned] in New Orleans don't know me... They don't have my best interest at heart."
Anderson's attorney, Ernest Cannon, is on her side as he helps her to work through the case. "[As opposed] to living up to their responsibility to these widows," Cannon said, "they chose to hide behind a 160 year old law that was designed to protect shipping interests 160 years ago, not to protect a Swiss corporation."
> Update: Transocean tells "Piers Morgan Tonight": "The claim that Transocean is suing any of the widows or families of those lost in the accident is baseless and simply not true."
Transocean gave "Piers Morgan Tonight" this exclusive statement in response: "Nothing is more important to Transocean than its people and their families. That core value of the company is the driving principle behind our efforts to reach amicable financial agreements with those who lost loved ones while continuing to provide them full pay and benefits. And today, we will be gathering with these families privately to commemorate the loss of those courageous men one year ago.”
In June of 2010, Kenneth Feinberg was appointed by the government to run the $20 billion fund to pay claims for the BP oil spill. So far, only $3.8 billion has been handed out. Feinberg says about 350,000 claims have been denied so far. "I will not accept a claim where a fisherman or a shrimper or anybody in the Gulf says, 'trust me, trust me when I tell you this is what I've lost.'"