Under-fire BP chief Tony Hayward faces a grilling from the US Congress later today.
Hayward, who famously confessed he would “like his life back” in the days after the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, has been heavily criticised for his response to the disaster.
Yesterday, the oil giant agree to set aside a 16 billion euro compensation fund.
Hayward will give a scripted speech but will also face tough questions from lawmakers.
US politicians have accused BP of failing to follow proper procedures in the run-up to the blow out of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April.
Dredgers are sucking up sand from the seabed as part of the latest salvage operation. It will be deposited as a chain of barrier islands, in the hope that this will stop the oil slick coming ashore and spoiling Louisiana’s fragile wetlands.