It’s been awhile since we have discussed who is entitled to file a GCCF Claim (Gulf Coast Claims Facility ) or a claim against British Petroleum for damages and losses related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some of you might have originally thought that this whole process was too hard and too time consuming. Some of you probably used to think that there was no way YOU could possibly be eligible for reimbursement. Well, let’s revisit this for those of you who might just be joining or rejoining us.
Why You Can File A GCCF Claim
On April 20, 2010, the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon suffered a massive explosion, which killed eleven men and injured seventeen others. Afterwards, the rig sank into the ocean, releasing a three month torrent of crude oil into the environment. For many months, this crude oil flowed freely about the Gulf of Mexico, poisoning the Gulf for hundreds of thousands of square miles and washing up on shores from Texas to Florida. It is estimated that anywhere from 50 to 60 thousand barrels per day leaked into the Gulf. The fishing industry was crippled for months. Hotels and other tourism-related functions were decimated as people fled the scene or cancelled trips. Even the oil industry was temporarily shut down. The spill continues to cause damage to wildlife both in the Gulf and along its shores. All of this has meant devastation to those of us who live and work on and around the Gulf of Mexico. Our lives have been irreparably harmed and it is time that someone paid up.
How does the GCCF Claim facility work
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) was set up by British Petroleum in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It is backed by a $20 billion fund set aside by BP for those who have suffered losses or damages from the accident and/or the resulting oil spill. For those that are unsure, the following is a list of those who may be eligible to make a claim with the GCCF. It is not an exhaustive list, but it should give you a good idea as to whether or not you may be eligible.
A GCCF Claim For Lost Income
You may file a claim if you have:
- Property directly damaged by the oil spill or by the resulting cleanup, such as a house, boat, dock, land, or fishing equipment;
- Lost any money as a result of the spill, such as a loss of hours at your job, being banned from fishing, or being laid off as a result of economic conditions resulting from the spill;
- Lost any money from your business, such as from losing your boat;
- Loss of subsistence, if you depended on fishing for example;
- Spent money helping with the clean-up effort or having to remove oil; or
- Injuries from the accident or spill, or have lost loved ones.
If any of the above might apply to you, you should file a final claim with the GCCF, file a claim with the National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC), or at least consult with an attorney to figure out all your other options, including filing or joining a suit against British Petroleum.