NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Louisiana is requesting access to BP's (BP - Get Report) claims database, expressing concerns that the oil giant isn't making good on claims filed by small-business owners, employers and residents over property damages and loss of income."I'm concerned about reports from citizens and parish officials that many people have not been paid by BP, or have only received an initial payment of $5,000 or less," Kristy Nichols, secretary for Louisiana's Department of Social Services, said in a press release. "More than 40 days into this disaster, people's livelihoods are on indefinite hold, it is becoming harder to support their families and some even face eviction from their homes."
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