BP rejects 'negligence' claim

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BP has brushed off claims by one of its partners that it is guilty of “gross negligence” from its handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The British oil giant said it “strongly disagrees” with Anadarko Petroleum CEO James Hacker, who slammed its behaviour as“reckless”.

Anadarko holds a 25 per cent share in the leaking well.

Meanwhile, BP managing director Robert Dudley has taken over the day-to-day running of the clean up operation from chief executive Tony Hayward.

Hayward testified before Congress on Thursday where he was accused of “complacency”.

The Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded on 20 April, killing 11 workers.

BP has placed 16 billion euros in an escrow fund to pay for the damage caused by the spill.

But the company admits it will not know the final cost of the spill until the leak has been plugged.

Investor fear over a hefty bill has wiped close to 50 percent off BP’s share price since the crisis began.