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Aug 9, 2010 9:06 AM by Sharlee Barriere

BP's Gulf Oil Spill Costs Rise to $6.1 Billion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says its costs to respond to the massive
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has risen to about $6.1 billion.
That includes expenses for relief well drilling, the static kill
and cementing procedure done on the blown out oil well, grants to
Gulf coast states and claims paid to people who have lost income or
profits because of the spill.
BP PLC says that as of Saturday, more than 145,000 claims had
been submitted and more than 103,900 had been paid, totaling $319
million.
An estimated 207 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of
Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off Louisiana on
April 20. The explosion killed 11 workers and sent crude into
delicate coastal marshes and tar balls washing on to beaches.

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