Published: Jan 18, 2011 10:45 PM EST
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 7:46 PM EST

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - The shooting of a congresswoman and rising tempers along the Gulf Coast have prompted increased security for meetings between BP's oil spill claims czar and residents seeking compensation.

Metal detectors and additional police officers were added at two events in Alabama on Tuesday ahead of claims fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg's visits. Feinberg is on a two-day tour to listen to concerns and discuss ways to improve the process for compensating people who lost money because of BP PLC's April 20 oil well blowout. The spill dumped millions of gallons of crude into the sea.

Tony Kennon, mayor of Orange Beach, Ala., said the added security is a precaution, but he has not received any specific threats. Feinberg said he isn't worried.

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