May 27, 2010 4:46 PM by Melissa Canone
By The Associated Press
Federal officials say cleaning up the massive oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico has already cost the government $87 million, making
it the third-most expensive cleanup effort in the nation's history.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry has distributed that money to
state and federal agencies directly involved in the cleanup. Those
include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which
projects the oil slick's trajectory, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, which rescues oil-soaked birds.
A senior financial analyst at the National Pollution Funds
Center says an additional $38 million in emergency money has been
assigned to the Deepwater Horizon spill, but it has yet to be
The most expensive cleanup was the Exxon Valdez spill, which
cost $121 million. The second was $89 million for cleaning up a
1994 oil spill off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.