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N.C. among states seeking assurances BP will pay for East Coast claims

Posted June 21, 2010

Attorneys general in 11 Atlantic Coast states, including North Carolina, asked BP PLC for assurances that legitimate claims from their residents will be paid if oil from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill reaches their shores.

The prosecutors also said in a letter sent Monday that they want BP to preserve all documents related to the spill and response. The documents could be needed if any of the states were to sue.

The states acknowledge that the chance of oil reaching their shores is small. Similar letters were sent to Halliburton, Transocean Ltd. and Cameron Inc., which were either involved in the blown well or supplied equipment for it.

Prosecutors from Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and Rhode Island have also signed the letter.

A blast at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, led to the oil leak on April 20.

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  • shawnwilliams159 Jun 22, 2010

    EPA,FEMA,Home Land Security,Army Core of Engineers,Coast Guard,US Navy,National Guard,Marine Corps,Army etc etc etc.......Where were you and where are you now? To quote the bumbling idiot VP Joe Biden, "hey this is a big F@&#ing deal" unquote. Obama put on his Gangsta face and talked tough but BP's oil well is still devastating our coast line. Send help quick.

  • nighttrain2010 Jun 22, 2010

    >>The mysterious "General Fund"

    There's nothing mysterious about the General Fund. I've heard about it for years. It's a slush fund for politicians...oops did I just insinuate most politicians in this state are nothing more than elected crooks?

    And for all those worried about this spill, the government is at fault before and after. Before because it's clear government 'regulation' didn't work (rarely does if ever anyway). After because there were solutions available. Unfortunately the government's refusal to suspend the Jones Amendment wouldn't let professionals in to do the job. Nope, we've got unions instead!!! Fat lot of good that's been...

  • meh2 Jun 22, 2010

    Obama told the oil to stop leaking. There is no oil spill.

  • mep Jun 22, 2010

    hereandnow99 "half of our country *talks* about wanting "less government".... I'm all for less govt. But I expect the govt I have to do its job.

  • mep Jun 22, 2010

    All I'm saying is first it IS The govt job to regulate and properly inspect off shore drilling platforms. Which clearly they were NOT doing. It IS the govt job to protect the environment from damage that may be caused by private companies.(EPA and a host of others agencies) And yes the govt SHOULD have the resources available to deal with a situation like this one. We have thousands of rigs off shore, apparently it did not occur to our govt that an accident JUST LIKE the one in 1979 could happen again. Given the MASSIVE amount of money our govt makes in taxes from oil/gasoline, you would think they could be better prepared. And my comment regarding the clean up of Shearon Harris stands... amended to Progress Energy. In Wake county, would you trust a private company with your environment, health, life, and livelihood? Or do you expect our govt to be ready to deal with a nuclear disater properly?

  • irishale Jun 22, 2010

    "And if Shearon Harris explodes, spewing toxic radio active waste all over Wake county, do we count on Duke Power to contain and clean it all up?" - mep

    Not sure why Duke Power would clean it up, since it's Progress Energy's plant....

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 22, 2010

    mep, half of our country *talks* about wanting "less government". ...less regulations of private companies, less interference in private companies affairs, keep-your-hands-off-of-my-company...and they have hamstrung the gov't to act in many ways. (e.g. cutting regulations & gov't power to intervene) You may even be one of these folks.

    This group has grown so much, they created The Tea Party and now want to dismantle the same agencies that would help in these times: FEMA, EPA, etc.

    Meanwhile, many people are yelling that the gov't should do this and should do that...and the gov't has less resources, and political backing, to do so. This was the same case with the banking implosion.

    Maybe if the people made up their minds about gov't regulations...we could prevent future issues like this and work more efficiently when they occur.

    Whatdyathink? Crazy idea? :-)

  • WolfPackAlum Jun 22, 2010

    "All I can say to that logic is YIKES! We have the EPA, Coast Guard, Army Corp of engineers, DHS, the Navy, and countless other govt entities that SHOULD have been called into action "day one" for what has now become the worst ecological disaster"

    Should have been called into action to do what exactly? Waste $60 million in taxpayer funds on useless sand berms? I suppose the Gov't should constantly maintain the vast amount resources necessary to immediatly deal with any and every concievable industrial disaster, instead of requiring private industry to be able to handle it themselves.

  • mep Jun 22, 2010

    WolfPackAlum... "Rgardless of where you stand on the response of the Federal Gov't to the spill - it is still not the job of the Gov't to clean up after a private company".
    So when a ship hits a rock and spews oil, why does the Coast Guard contain and clean it up? The EPA has several toxic sites across the US they are cleaning up. And if Shearon Harris explodes, spewing toxic radio active waste all over Wake county, do we count on Duke Power to contain and clean it all up? All I can say to that logic is YIKES! We have the EPA, Coast Guard, Army Corp of engineers, DHS, the Navy, and countless other govt entities that SHOULD have been called into action "day one" for what has now become the worst ecological disaster. Passing the buck on protecting our shores and livelihoods is unacceptable.

  • froggytroat Jun 22, 2010

    >>3) The currents are not conducive to oil landing on our shores.

    This is utterly false. Did you even look at a map?

    The gulf stream runs right up the coast from the gulf. Guess that's why they call it the "gulf" stream, huh? I'm amazed at how many people say things with nothing to back it up.

    Go look at an atlantic ocean current map and get back to us.

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