British owned petrol giant BP has promised to compensate all those affected by the oil spill from one of its wells which exploded last month, although they claim the accident was none of their making.
“What has failed here is the ultimate safety device on a drilling rig. There are many barriers of protection that you have to go through before you get to this. It isn’t designed not to fail. It is unprecedented in out industry for this sort of failure,” said BP’s US chief Tony Hayward.
The White House is adamant BP will pick up the bill for what is fast turning into the worst oil spillage in US history.
“We’re going to do what we have to do,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. “We will keep our boot on the throat of BP to ensure that they’re doing all that they- all that is necessary while we do all that is humanly possible to deal with this incident.”
The gulf supports a seafood industry that is second only to Alaska in the US. Wildlife experts also fear a heavy toll on animals and birds.
BP has begun drilling a secondary well to try and draw off the gushing oil from the ruptured pipeline, but its bosses face a grilling in Washington today over its response to the unfolding environmental disaster.