More than a dozen companies have gone to court in the US, to challenge a ban on deepwater drilling.
President Obama imposed the six month ban in the aftermath of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal Judge has vowed to decide on the suit by Wednesday. Undeterred, the White House renewed its attack on BP’s chairman.
White House spokesman, Bill Burton, said: “You know if Tony Hayward wants to put a skimmer on his yacht and bring it down to the Gulf, we would be happy to have his help, but what’s important is not what Tony Hayward is doing in his free time, but what what BP is doing to take responsibility for the mess they’ve made.”
BP says it has spent the equivalent of 1.6 billion euros fighting the spill and 85 million euros compensating those affected by the disaster.
Still the man running its compensation fund says he will not be holding up the cash.
“We want to get these claims out quicker,” Kenneth Feinberg said. “We want to get these claims out with more transparency so people have more certainty as to what they’re going to receive.”
The oil spill has devastated fishing and tourism across four states, but crude keeps spewing into the Gulf.
BP says it will be at least August before crews finish two relief wells, that have the best chance of stopping the flow.