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WHITING, Ind. -- The mid-August BP gas recall has cost it more than $1.5 million to date, with the oil giant settling claims that that alleged off-specification gasoline could damage some vehicles' mechanical components.
According to the Associated Press, BP sent information to the Indiana's attorney general's office indicating the company has made payments totaling $1.5 million on 2,315 of the 15,965 claims it has received. The information was up to date as of Wednesday, Sept. 5.
The problems began when a batch of regular grade gasoline blended at BP's Whiting, Ind., gasoline storage terminal between Aug. 13 and 17 was found to contain a higher than normal level of polymeric residue. The oil giant subsequently found that premium and midgrade sales fuel sold from its Milwaukee terminal was also affected, as CSNews Online previously reported.
The company set up a dedicated website, www.bpresponse.com, to handle inquiries from consumers who may have been affected by the fuel quality issue this week. Indiana residents have filed 59 percent of the claims, while Illinois residents have filed 33 percent of them, AP added.
BP spokesman Scott Dean said the company will continue sending payments to people who've filed legitimate claims.