BP to give checks to 350 fishermen - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

BP to give checks to 350 fishermen

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Today, approximately 350 commercial fishermen were given checks in the amount of either 2,500 or 5,000 dollars from BP as compensation for lost wages in the month of June.

The fishermen were represented by a Virginia based law firm who was dealing with BP lawyers in Chicago.

"We fishermen are kind of an independent breed.  We've never asked for a whole lot of outside help.  We've always depended on Mother Nature and our own ability, but when I received my check today, I just thanked god," said David Willis, a Gulf Coast fisherman.

As of now the checks that these fishermen are receiving today, BP is saying it is not a one time deal, and they will be issuing them about every 30 days.

"As long as we have representation and we've got the paper work, they're going to give us checks every 30 days.  Depending on what type of work you do in the water, if it's seasonal work then until your season's over," said Jeffrey Breit, the lawyer representing the fishermen.

 For many fishermen like Willis, the compensation from BP is an important step in the right direction.

"At least they care, I mean they're trying to do something to help the fishermen and their dilemma," said William Druilhet.

Matthew Gaskins, another fisherman, added, "This will help, so they're moving in the right direction to help the watermen."

"BP, I don't know too much about them other than it's an oil drilling firm, but they have my thanks and it's great that they're doing this," said Willis.

BP is also preparing checks for these fishermen from the month of May, and those payments are expected to arrive in around three weeks.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Puppy Cam - Pia, Fiona, Sadie take the stage at 1 p.m.

    Puppy Cam - Pia, Fiona, Sadie take the stage at 1 p.m.

    Friday, July 28 2017 12:32 PM EDT2017-07-28 16:32:46 GMT

    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

    More >>

    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

    More >>
  • CPSO looking for car involved in hit-and-run in Moss Bluff

    CPSO looking for car involved in hit-and-run in Moss Bluff

    Friday, July 28 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-07-28 16:30:31 GMT
    Four-door Honda Accord  (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Four-door Honda Accord (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run in Moss Bluff earlier this week.The hit-and-run occurred on Parish Road, between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart, in Moss Bluff on Monday, July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m., said CPSO spokeswoman Kim Myers.

    More >>

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run in Moss Bluff earlier this week.The hit-and-run occurred on Parish Road, between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart, in Moss Bluff on Monday, July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m., said CPSO spokeswoman Kim Myers.

    More >>
  • SUNRISE KITCHEN: Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish

    SUNRISE KITCHEN: Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish

    Friday, July 28 2017 9:30 AM EDT2017-07-28 13:30:38 GMT
    Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish (Source: KPLC)Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish (Source: KPLC)

    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish.

    More >>

    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly