FEBRUARY 25, 2011 by Bill Abbott
BP has donated $100 million to assist deepwater rig workers who were affected by the 2010 federal moratorium in the Gulf. The Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation will be administering a second round of grants for maritime workers who directly supported the deepwater rigs that were affected by the moratorium after the 2010 oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
The application period for these maritime claims will be open from March 15, 2011 through May 13, 2011. According to the Gulf Coast Restoration & Protection Foundation, “only individuals who were predominantly engaged on May 6, 2010 in direct support of any deepwater drilling rig subject to the U.S. government moratorium may qualify for grants in Round 2.” Each grant is expected to range from $3,000 to $30,000 depending upon the unique factors affecting each applicant.
Applications can be obtained on the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation website. Applicants can also call a toll free hotline at: 866-577-8141 for additional information or to obtain a paper application packet. Maritime workers who are interested in applying for this grant should start gathering pay stubs, income tax returns for 2009 and 2010 and other financial data as this information may be required to complete the application. If you require legal assistance for maritime claims or have any questions regarding a potential claim, you should contact a law firm with extensive experience in Jones Act injury cases and other maritime claims for immediate assistance.