Few rig work­ers seek grants from BP fund

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

There have been far fewer ap­pli­cants than ex­pected for money from a $100-mil­lion fund that oil gi­ant BP set up to help rig work­ers af­ter a fed­eral mora­to­rium on deep-wa­ter drilling prompted by the mas­sive oil spill in the Gulf of Mex­ico.

With nine days left to ap­ply, a spokesman for the char­ity run­ning the pro­gram said that only 356 peo­ple had ap­plied. As many as 9,000 peo­ple had been ex­pected to seek grants of $3,000 to $30,000.

The char­ity said it turned out that many deep-wa­ter rig work­ers were be­ing kept on the job by their em­ploy­ers, de­spite the mora­to­rium.

Grants were ex­pected to be limited to those who worked on the 33 rigs af­fected by the mora­to­rium. But with so much money ap­par­ently left over, the char­ity plans to of­fer a sec­ond round of grants — to work­ers who sup­port the deep-wa­ter rigs, such as heli­copter pi­lots who pro­vide trans­porta­tion to rigs and sup­ply boat crew mem­bers.

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