BP pays back $73 million to the federal government

All the money received by the federal government goes back into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is being used to pay for costs of the cleanup and containment. The trust fund has about $1.7 billion to cover costs of the spill, which are expected to be much higher. 

BP reported spending more than $1.6 billion so far on containment, cleanup and the costs of drilling two relief wells, as well as paying back individuals and business along the Gulf coast. 

The Coast Guard invoice shows $1.1 million in personnel costs and $692,200 in equipment costs on the May 27 bill, according to the documents. The June 2 bill shows 61 charges from federal and state agencies in Alabama and Louisiana and the National Guard. 

The Environmental Protection Agency billed BP for 9.6 million, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has requested $6.8 million and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed $5.3 million in costs.