Midnight Deadline For Gulf Oil Spill Claims!

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A midnight deadline looms for people and businesses claiming economic harm or property damage resulting from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Monday night deadline is for filing a claim under a 2012 settlement arising from the spill.

Claims administrator Patrick Juneau says there has been an uptick in the number of filings as the deadline approached. He said claims centers in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas will be open until midnight to handle claims.

Juneau said in an interview that more than 328,000 claims have been filed so far.