A fish oil company with ties to a former Republican president enlisted the help of Gov. Bobby Jindal to get its oil spill claim paid four years ago, and now BP is arguing in federal court that the independent settlement claims administrator should lose his job because of it.
The fish oil company is Houston-based Omega Protein Corp., a spinoff of an old oil company founded by George H.W. Bush and later run by the late sports mogul Malcolm Glazer.
It fishes around the world for menhaden, or pogies, tiny shallow-water fish that are too bony to eat but are great for making fish meal and are rich in the omega-3 oil that is used to make popular health supplements. A key part of its operations is in the Gulf of Mexico, where its fishing boats and production plants help rake in tens of millions of dollars.