As 39,000 Spill Claims Dangle, BP Defers to Feds

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - 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.

Meanwhile, the government's point man for the spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, is planning a three-day trip to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama this week to discuss ways to speed up cleanup as the peak of hurricane season approaches.

Oil spill costs continue to mount for BP. The oil giant announced Monday it has spent $6.1 billion responding to the spill since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers, sending the rig to the bottom of the sea and oil spewing 5,000 feet underwater.

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