Fishing closed due to oil spill in the Gulf

Fishing closed due to oil spill in the Gulf

Claim Format

There is no required format for claims. You must, however, support your claim with documentation, put the claim in writing, and sign it.


The primary source of revenue for the fund is a nine-cents per barrel fee on imported and domestic oil. Collection of this fee ceased on December 31, 1994 due to a "sunset" provision in the law. Other revenue sources for the fund include interest on the fund, cost recovery from the parties responsible for the spills, and any fines or civil penalties collected. The Fund is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard's National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC).

The Fund can provide up to $1 billion for any one oil pollution incident, including up to $500 million for the initiation of natural resource damage assessments and claims in connection with any single incident. The main uses of Fund expenditures are:

  • State access for removal actions;
  • Payments to Federal, state, and Indian tribe trustees to carry out natural resource damage assessments and restorations;
  • Payment of claims for uncompensated removal costs and damages; and
  • Research and development and other specific appropriations.

Structure of the Fund

The OSLTF has two major components.

  1. The Emergency Fund is available for Federal On-Scene Coordinators (FOSCs) to respond to discharges and for federal trustees to initiate natural resource damage assessments. The Emergency Fund is a recurring $50 million available to the President annually.
  2. The remaining Principal Fund balance is used to pay claims and to fund appropriations by Congress to Federal agencies to administer the provisions of OPA and support research and development.
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