Hastings: It's taking too long for oil spill victims to get paid

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Although a year and a half has passed since a BP rig dumped millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the disaster's victims are still waiting for reimbursement.

Of the more than 500,000 claimants who filed with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, only about 39 percent have been paid, according to Rep. Doc Hastings, D-WA.

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee says it's taking too long for the victims to get their money.

"Quite frankly, I have heard from many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from the Gulf states that the number is simply unacceptable to the people whose livelihoods were disrupted by this disaster," Hastings said.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010, killing 11 workers.

An estimated 205 million gallons of oil flooded into the sea while crews worked for months to seal the well.

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