Sep 21, 2010 1:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There have been far fewer applicants than
expected for money from a $100 million fund BP PLC set up to help
deepwater rig workers after a federal moratorium on drilling
prompted by the massive oil spill.
With nine days left to apply, a spokesman for the charity
running the program told The Associated Press on Tuesday that only
356 people have come forward. Up to 9,000 people had been expected
to seek grants of $3,000 to $30,000.
The charity says it turns out that many rig workers are being
kept on the job by their employers, despite the moratorium.
With so much money left over, the charity plans to offer a
second round of grants - this time to workers who support deepwater
rigs, such as people on supply boats.
A recent federal report claimed the moratorium has not increased
unemployment in the region.