BP warns over spurious spill claims

Press Association

Oil giant BP has warned that millions of dollars of "fictitious" compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are putting the company at risk.

The group has sought an injunction to stop payouts to companies which it argues are claiming fraudulent or inflated losses from its 8.2 billion US dollar (£5.4 billion) compensation pot. Reports said an appeal document recently filed by BP in the US courts argues that businesses from the Gulf coast have been handed millions of dollars for "non-existent, artificially calculated losses".