Assessing The Costs of an Oil Spill

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Tonight at 6, we'll carry the president's address on the Gulf oil spill live from the Oval Office. As we've been hearing this morning, Mr. Obama is expected to call for an independent group to handle claims from people whose livelihoods have been affected by the spill. For now, BP is handling claims. This is an area that a Denver-based firm has a lot of experience in. Back in 1989, the accountants who started RGL Forensics were instrumental in assessing insurance claims after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The company did similar work after the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11. And recently, the firm was approach by BP to work in the Gulf-- but there's no formal agreement at this point. A few days ago, Ryan Warner spoke with Steve Rosenthal, one of the founders RGL.

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