BP says it has received 145,000 oil spill claims; 39,000 still pending


ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — BP says it has received 145,000 claims for lost income because of its blown-out well and has paid out $324 million without denying a single claim.

But the company said Monday it also has 39,000 claims pending — and some of those have been hanging for months. BP says those claims are being reviewed and might need more paperwork from the people who filed them before they can be paid.

Some Gulf Coast residents say the company is simply putting off denying claims until the federal claims administrator takes over the process. And BP does say it wants the administrator to rule on questionable cases.

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