BP Oil Spill 2010 Update: BP Tries to Buy Off Alabama Residents
BP Oil Spill Update: Containment Still An Issue as BP Shifts Blame
The hundred-mile-wide oil slick from the collapsed Deepwater Horizon platform is hitting the Louisiana shore, and Pensacola, Florida is bracing for oil to hit its white sands. The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill has reached three million gallons, and the leaks are still not contained. The BP oil spill and its attendant negative PR continue to drive BP stock downward.
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While US President Barack Obama places the blame squarely with BP, the petroleum giant has shifted that blame to Transocean Ltd, which operated the Deepwater Horizon platform. Meanwhile, BP has been trying to buy off Alabama residents by offering $5,000 settlements in exchage for residents waiving their right to sue BP for damage resulting from the oil spill, which is visible from space. Alabama Attorney General Troy King ordered BP to stop circulating the waivers.
The agreements, King said, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up to $5,000.
King said BP's efforts were particularly strong in Bayou La Batre.
The White House said 174,060 feet of flotation booms had been deployed to corral the floating oil. It said an additional 243,260 feet is available and 265,460 feet has been ordered.
It said 76 tugs, barges and skimmers were on scene to help in containment and cleanup, along with six fixed-wing aircraft, 11 helicopters, 10 remotely operated vehicles, and two mobile offshore drilling units.
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