The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), created to compensate people and businesses for damages related to BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has paid $259 million in claims since the organization took over the process from the oil company on Aug. 23.
BP paid $400 million in claims before GCCF head Kenneth Feinberg began administering the $20 billion fund set up at the insistence of President Barack Obama.
The April 20 well rupture killed 11 people and caused the world’s worst marine crude oil spill. BP said it permanently sealed the well on Sunday. Below is a breakdown of payments made through Sept. 20:
Number of claims filed:
- Individual 41,396
- Businesses 23,185
- Total 64,581
Number of claims paid: 21,193
- Individual $141.86 million
- Business $117.43 million
- Total $259.29 million
Emergency advance payment: $259.29 million
Number of claims denied: 1
Number of ineligible claims: 1,243
Payments made to Real Estate Brokers and Agents as part of a separate fund: $34.5 million
Source: GCCF documents
(Reporting by Anna Driver in Houston)
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