Feds Press BP on Funding Gulf Cleanup

Homeland Security, Interior secretaries tour oil spill area
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 4:01 PM CDT
Feds Press BP on Funding Gulf Cleanup
Danene Birtell and Dr. Erica Miller of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research work to help an oil-covered Northern Gannet bird, which is normally white, at a facility in Fort Jackson, La., April 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BP is not doing enough to remedy the effects of the oil spill created when one of its offshore drilling facilities exploded, and the federal government plans to pressure the company to fund and complete the cleanup of the crude-choked Gulf of Mexico. "We cannot rest and will not rest until BP permanently secures the well head and cleans up every drop of oil," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today after taking an aerial tour of the affected area with Janet Napolitano.

"BP as the responsible party must fund cleanup costs," the Homeland Security secretary told the TImes-Picayune. "We will continue to push BP to engage in the strongest possible response to ensure protection of wildlife and lands." Gov. Bobby Jindal said the company and the state and federal governments face "three challenges: stopping the leak, protecting the coast and cleaning the coast."
(More Gulf of Mexico stories.)

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