Gulf oil spill settlement payment offers rise to $4.4 billion

The administrator of last year’s civil settlement between BP and thousands of victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Wednesday he has now offered $4.44 billion in payments to claimants, up about  $470 million from a month ago.

According to the report filed in federal court in New Orleans by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, some 53,309 eligibility notices have gone out with the offers, a per-claim average of  about $83,000.

BP is awaiting word from a federal appeals court on its challenge to the way Juneau is calculating payments to claimants reporting business economic losses.

In his latest report, Juneau says the total includes $2.67 billion on 10,516 business economic loss claims, a per-claim average of roughly $254,000.

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