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  'We were ground zero' for the Gulf oil spill

'We just about lost our whole business'

  Paul Lartigue of Orange Beach, Alabama, talks about the devastating impact of the Gulf oil spill on his seafood business.

Gulf business owners say BP skimping on payments

  Business owners from Orange Beach, Alabama say BP isn't paying claims as promised--and in some cases, punishing some because they live too far from shore. NBC’s Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers reports.

Feinberg hears complaints from oil spill claims filers

  Kenneth Feinberg, the independent administrator of the independent Gulf Coast Claims Facility, heard complaints of various Gulf Coast businesspeople and workers who had filed claims for reimbursement of losses suffered due to the BP oil spill, at a town hall in Orange Beach, AL last week 09/15/10.

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  Businessman: BP hasn't lived up to oil spill claims promises

Jeff Hardy, retail store owner in Orange Beach, Alabama, complains BP hasn't paid him to cover sales losses caused by the oil spill, putting his business in jeopardy. BP says it's deferring less clear-cut claims like his to the new independent Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which takes over the job Mon

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