Oil spill claims administrator says no deduction will be taken for BP cleanup wages


The administrator of the fund for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says he will waive a requirement that wages earned by spill cleanup workers be subtracted from their claims of lost revenue.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is doling out the $20 billion fund that BP set up, made the key concession on Monday. He says no wages paid by BP PLC to the workers will be subtracted.

Feinberg says it will help fishers who have been working on Gulf of Mexico oil spill response while they couldn’t fish.

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has received more than 68,000 claims since taking over from BP in August, and has paid more than $240 million.

An April 20 rig explosion killed 11 workers, triggering the spill from the well that eventually spewed out more than 200 million gallons of oil.

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