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Business owner still waiting for BP settlement

A local business owner says he's been waiting three years to be paid for his claim against BP.

The owner of Birkshire Johnstone says his company lost construction contracts after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
He filed a claim to be compensated for his losses, but has yet to see any money.
Channel Three's Amber Southard has more on his story.

For the thousands of people that come and vacation in our area each year the Deep Water Horizon oil spill is just a memory in the past, but for those who live and work here they're still wading through the red tape."
   
Earlier this month a U.S. Appeals court  rejected BP's attempt to stop businesses from collecting  on what they called "fictitious losses," saying BP is required to reimburse companies and individuals even if they don't submit proof that their losses came from the spill.
But while the case has been tied up in litigation, all business and economic claims have been put on  hold .
President of Birkshire Johnstone LLC, Chris Shearman, says his construction business filed a claim in 2011 for 1.2 million dollars.

"I'm hoping I'll live long enough to see it."
   
At the time of the oil spill, his company was building town homes and condos on the beach.

"People are still kind of skittish of building on the beach. Pensacola Beach has not come back from the oil spill or the economic downturn..they're starting to but their are still a lot of empty lots out there."
   
He says his company is moving forward with other projects, but this letter from his lawyer has him worried about if he'll ever be compensated.

Chris Shearman  "It hurts you know we have other business, but that's a big chunk of change to lose in a period of 12 months."
   
Even though it's been three years since he filed he's still not giving up.

"Somebody at BP needs to step up and say okay and pull out the ones that are valid pay them and argue it file injunctions against the balance of them, but they aren't doing it they aren't paying anybody."

Many say through this claims process they're at a point it's just now a waiting game. Reporting in Escambia County Amber Southard Channel 3 News.