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File a Claim with BP
If you have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, you may be eligible for funds to help cover your losses. BP has set up a claims process and has begun to compensate individuals and business for loss and/or damages including property damages and loss of income. Additionally, the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, managed by the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center, is available to pay for qualified costs and damages. If you have been affected by the oil spill you must first seek reimbursement through BP’s claims process before seeking reimbursement through the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.



Who Both private individuals and businesses may file claims.
What You may be eligible for compensation for loss of income (including for fishing and rental property), property damage or loss.
How Claims may  be filed with BP in three ways:
  1. Call the BP Claims Line at 1-800-440-0858. The line is toll-free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  2. File a claim online at http://www.bp.com/claims.
  3. Visit one of 22 BP claims centers (scroll down to see locations in Louisiana).

Questions?

If you have questions about submitting a claim, you may call the BP Claims Line and speak with an operator. You may also visit a BP claims center to discuss your claim or submit documentation regarding your claim.
Next Each claim will be assigned to a Claims Representative who will contact you to ask for additional information regarding your claim.
BP Claim Denial If your claim with BP is denied or not settled within 90 days of submission, you may wish to contact the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center.


BP Claims Centers

Plaquemines Parish
Point ala Hache
15535 Hwy 15
Davant 70046

Venice/Boothville
41093 Hwy La 23
Boothville 70038

St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard
1345 Bayou Rd.
St. Bernard 70085
Jefferson Parish
Grand Isle
3811 LA 1
Community Center
Grand Isle  70358

Lafitte
2654 Jean Lafitte Blvd.,
Town Hall
Lafitte  77067

Gretna/Belle Chasse
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Suite A09
Belle Chasse  70037

Westwego
1280 Westbank Expressway
Westwego 77094
Terrebonne Parish
Houma
Plaza Caillou Shopping Center
814 Grand Caillou Rd., Suites 2 & 3
Houma 70363

Chauvin
5703 Hwy 56,
Southern Events Building
Chauvin 70344
St. Tammany Parish
Slidell
2040 Gause Blvd.
Slidell  70461

Lafourche Parish
Cut Off
Tarpon Heights Shopping Center
Unit 2,
16263 E. Main St.
Cut Off  70345

Orleans Parish
New Orleans East
4375 Michoud Blvd
New Orleans  70129
Iberia Parish
New Iberia
956 S. Lewis Street
New Iberia 70560
St. Mary Parish
Morgan City/Bayou Vista
931 US Hwy 90
Bayou Vista 70380


BP Claims Process Manual
This BP document describes its claims process established to take and process legitimate claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon Incident.


Forms

Instructions: Fill out and return the correct form (either Individual or Wholesale/Retail Dealer). If you are requesting data for your Commercial Fisherman's license number, use the Individual Fisherman's Request Form. If you are requesting data for a business, use the Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer Form. The Data Request Instructions have further details on completing this process.

Please do not submit the form in person to Wildlife and Fisheries. Notarized forms can be submitted by mail or fax.


Mailing Address:

Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Trip Ticket Office, Room 38
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Fax: (225) 765-2624

Someone will contact you once your request is processed and complete. If you have any questions, please call the Trip Ticket Office at (225) 765-2399.


U.S. Coast Guard Claims Process:
To file a claim with the Coast Guard, you must first file a claim with BP. Both private individuals and businesses that have filed claims with BP that were either denied or not settled in 90 days may file claims by calling 1-800-280-7118 or visiting www.uscg.mil/npfc/claims.

Additionally, BP recently announced it will appoint an independent claims mediator to proactively assist in resolving disagreements between claimants and the company.


Vessel of Opportunity:
To submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system, or to submit alternative response technology, services, or products, call 281-366-5511.


Business Recovery Centers
Louisiana Economic Development is offering free, one-on-one consultations with Small Business Association (SBA) customer service representatives and LSBDC counselors; assessing business economic injury, assistance with SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and review of all options to ensure each business makes the right financial decisions.

Business Recovery Centers are located at:


Jefferson Parish
 
LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region
UNO Jefferson Center
3330 N. Causeway, Suite 422
Metairie, LA 70002
Mon. - Fri.
8:30 am - 5 pm
Grand Isle Community Center
The Rotary Room
3811 Highway 1
Grand Isle, LA 70358
Mon. - Fri.
8 am - 5 pm

Plaquemines Parish
 
St. Patrick’s Church
Family Life Center
28698 Highway 23
Port Sulphur, LA 70083
Mon. - Fri.
9 am - 5 pm
Venice Boat Harbor Office
Tiger Pass Road
Venice, LA 70091
Mon. - Fri.
9 am - 6 pm
BRC @ SEEDCO Financial Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center
212 Avenue G
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Mon. - Fri.
9 am - 5 pm
 

St. Bernard Parish
 
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
1801 East Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043
Mon. – Fri.
9 am - 4 pm
7801 Hopedale Highway
Hopedale, LA 70085
Mon. - Fri.
9 am - 6 pm
Ducros Museum
1345 Bayou Road
St. Bernard, LA 70085
Opens:  Monday, May 17, 2010
Hours:  Mondays through Fridays, 9:00-6:00
 

St. Tammany Parish
 
1330 Bayou Lane
Trailer 102
Slidell, LA 70460
Mon. - Fri.
8 am - 5 pm
 

Lafourche Parish
 
South Lafourche Public Library
16241 East Main Street
Cut Off, LA 70345
Mon. - Fri.
9 am - 6 pm
 

Orleans Parish
 
4375 Michoud Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70129
Mon. - Fri.
8 am - 5 pm
 

Terrebonne Parish
 
TPCG Government Tower
8026 Main Street
Houma, LA 70361
Opens:  Monday, May 17, 2010
Hours:  Mondays through Fridays, 8:00-5:00
 


Eligible small businesses include those engaged in shrimping, crabbing and oyster fishing in waters affected by the closure (employees or crew members are not small businesses and are not eligible); small businesses dependent on the catching or sale of shrimp, crabs and oysters and suppliers of fishing gear and fuel; docks, boatyards, processors, wholesalers, shippers, retailers and other small businesses dependent on revenue from fishing, recreational and sports-fishing small businesses, and coastal small businesses.

For business owners who are unable to visit a center, they may obtain loan information and application forms by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 or 800.877.8339 for the hearing impaired, e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA's website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. They may also apply online using the electronic loan application on SBA's website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. (The deadline to apply for these loans is Feb. 7, 2011.)

EIDL loans were activated in these 34 parishes: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes. The loans were also activated in these seven counties in Mississippi: Amite, Hancock, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson.


Offer Services
Register as consultant, contractor, vendor, or submit information on alternative response technology, services, products or suggestions: 281.366-5511


Fisheries Recovery Grant Program Deadline Extended
A program for commercial fishermen and wholesale dealers whose businesses were affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike can now apply for fully-funded grants.

The $17.4 million Fisheries Recovery Program was originally a repayable loan program through the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Application deadlines have been extended into June and July.

Businesses are required to submit financial documents and show a tangible loss or decline in gross receipts and sales as a result of the 2008 storms. Commercial fishermen and vessel owners must show a minimum loss of $5,000, while wholesale dealers must employ at least four people and have suffered at least $15,000 in damages.

Industry members who were licensed in 2008 as commercial fishermen, vessel owners or wholesale dealer brokers and who have a 2010 license will be mailed information about the program in early June.

The change in the program came about in part in response to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill that is impacting many of the same fishermen and wholesale dealers that were impacted by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

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