June 3rd, 2010
04:10 PM ET
8 years ago

White House sends BP a $69 million bill

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The Obama administration has sent a $69 million bill to BP for the U.S. government's efforts to help deal with the energy company's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The current $69 million bill accounts for 75% of what BP owes to date, and the company has until July 1 to pay the full amount, an administration official said Thursday.

The Obama administration will bill BP regularly for costs related to the spill, according to the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, which is the government and industry task force managing the spill response.

"As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill," the task force said.

The bill was also sent to Transocean, Andarko, Moex Offshore and QBE Underwriting, a copy of the bill obtained by CNN showed.

Included in the bill sent to BP was a $29 million charge for Federal agencies to operate ships, aircraft and boats to monitor environmental damage and another $29 million charge for the activation and deployment of the National Guard, an administration official said.

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  1. obama victim

    this loser is all about show......threats of law suits....sending them a bill............how about doing something instead of going on vacation and to rock concerts you piece of garbage

    June 3, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'd like to see that bill. How can I get a copy? I wonder how they make the check out and who would sign off on that? I hope that people down in that neck of the woods would also get checks of their own.

    June 3, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    The bills submitted by the government need to be sen to a new BP Corprate Headquaters address at a US Supermax Prison for Tony Hayward and all BP Executives to review and forward for payment.

    June 3, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Ken

    Guess BP does not have a union.

    June 3, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. ja

    is that enough, to cover the loss and damage, not likely

    June 3, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    Whether it is immigration reform, healthcare reform, financial reform, political reform or whatever reform there are those who are totally polarized on each issue and who express strong emotions for/against the reform. It is a clear indication of the real and drastic problems this country now has and of the significant challenges at hand. One disturbing confusion, which is very apt to inhibit any progress, is that while Obama is really not responsible for any of the problems and his critics literally offer nothing, only find fault and obstruct efforts, there are those who aggressively reject his intent to address problems and instead rationalize accepting and supporting the mentality that caused the problems. The Obama administration is obviously not perfect but to ever return to more of the same would be to continue the catastrophe for the vast majority (>90%). What we really need is honest bipartisan conscientious cooperation and without that, we then really need to avoid being conned into returning to more of the same that got us all of the problems. There simply are those who are focused only on their political ambitions above all else and on placating and patronizing their strong supporters without ever responsibly considering the costs to the country and to the majority. Scare tactics (re taxes) and appeals to selfish interests (re government spending) are the subterfuge they use but their direction is totally clear in wanting to return to more of the same that is then far more costly to the American people. It isn’t ‘conservative v liberal’, rather it is stubbornly continuing to only benefit the few, while arrogantly manipulating public opinion, versus honestly and responsibly regaining balance and a stable economy for everyone. Will getting all incumbents out of office solve the problems? Not if their replacements are again ‘puppets’ for the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few.

    June 3, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Jeff in Houston

    I will truly be astonished if this gets paid. On the other hand, 69 million to the BP's and Haliburton's of this world is chump change, to be paid to us chump citizens whenever they get around to it. It may just get overlooked in petty cash.

    June 3, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Now times 69 million by 2, because I doubt if BP will contain the spill. If oil heads up the east coast, BP might as well file for bankrupcy.

    June 3, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Wisconsinite - Conservatives want to take their country back. Progressives want to move their country forward.

    GOOD! Make them pay and make them pay a LOT!

    June 3, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Wisconsinite - Conservatives want to take their country back. Progressives want to move their country forward.

    @ REG in AZ:

    Very, very well said!

    June 3, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Get A Grip

    Wonder if that $77,051 that Oblamer took as a campaign donation from BP was subtracted from that bill.

    June 3, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. PK California

    I think BP should deposit 1 trillion dollars in a bank so that suits can be expedited without waiting years. If there's anything left, it will be refunded. Those who lost work as a result of the spill could withdraw their income weekly. States with environmental issues could withdraw what is needed to take care of these issues. I'm sure there are great financial minds out there who could figure out how to handle it.

    June 3, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |

    Does this compensate the 11 families who lost loved ones, if yes not nearly enough. Does this include for the loss of the fishing industries, not enough. Will they be responsible for years to come, not enough. What about Halliburton, what is their resposibility, this firm has caused a lot of grief in other areas ask the men and women fighting in the middle east wars. Hey Bush/Cheney bet your bank accounts are dwindling. Sarah stupid Palin and McCain, "drill baby drill" is now " SPILL BABY SPILL".

    June 3, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "69 million to the BP's and Haliburton's of this world is chump change"

    Indeed. To give you an idea, BP netted $6B in the first quarter. That's 3 months or roughly 180 days. $6B / 90 days = $66,666,666.67. This bill represents one day's net profit for them.

    That being said, it's the right thing for Obama to do, and I hope to see a deluge of invoices shoved down BP's throats right past their horrible British dentistry and foppish blather.

    June 3, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. JIM El Paso Tx

    What the hell is Obama billing BP for. The Fed's sure as hell haven't done anything but talk trash and delay the people of the Gulf the necessary "approvals" to save their way of living. What a joke. BP should ask for a line by line detailed accounting of this "bill". Then pay up:)

    June 3, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    edit for typo:

    "69 million to the BP's and Haliburton's of this world is chump change"

    Indeed. To give you an idea, BP netted $6B in the first quarter. That's 3 months or roughly 90 days. $6B / 90 days = $66,666,666.67. This bill represents one day's net profit for them.

    That being said, it's the right thing for Obama to do, and I hope to see a deluge of invoices shoved down BP's throats right past their horrible British dentistry and foppish blather.

    June 3, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    They should also send BP a notice that the government is shutting down all their oil rigs in American waters until each and every one can be inspected with the same urgency as BP has shown towards the destruction of our Gulf.

    Shame of Republicans for trying to protect BP from liability costs and from refusing to strengthen safety regulations through the Clean Air Act. Is there ANY part of America that Republicans care about???

    June 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Jimbo (The Real One)

    "Obama Victim"...please seek help...

    June 3, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. artraveler

    According the new reports, BP is paying some local claims separately from this money and have set up local offices to pay businesses and fisherpeople based on last year's tax returns. That doesn't help the support people,i.e., waiters in restaurants, etc, but they are putting some money into a number of coastal states. This appears to be for US-government related costs-I assume booms, etc since Coast Guard personnel are paid whether working there or elsewhere.

    I think they ought to attach enough property to settle a multi-trillion claim so as to keep stuff under US-court control. And go and get the last of the money that Exxon owes us from Alaska or attach their corporate offices.

    June 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    @REG in AZ,
    you say that "Obama is really not responsible for any of the problems". NOT SO WELL SAID! If he is not responsible of any of the problems, he gets NO credit when they are corrected. I thought Obama said the buck stops with him? Were we at war before he came in? YES. Are we still at war 500 days into his presidency? YES! Is the Dem lead congress is funding these wars? YES! Is GITMO closed? NO! Was that promised? YES! Did the BP CEO cause the Gulf disaster? NO! Is he STILL getting hammered? YES! The President IS the CEO of this country and like or not, as such is responsible! There is however, is a difference between responsibly and fault! His fault? NO! His responsibility? YES!

    June 3, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. portworker

    I hope most people understand and realise that the Present Government cannot fix this spill but are assisting in attempting the spill from contaminating the environment. The media did a HACK JOB on somehow blaming the President for WHAT??? Apart from making more speeches what else should he have done. The question the Media should be doing is investigating who and when did these" BIG OIL" got the approval to sent up deep water rigs without any emergency plans. Audit the books and follow the money trail, we might be surprised.
    On another note, no politician as stated any direct opposition to what the President is doing. NOTE THE SILENCE and follow the money trail.

    June 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Take America Back

    This empty suit president doesn't have a clue in how to "DO" anything but "send a bill".....but what more can one expect from a "Community Organizer" and "Narcistic self-promoter". (Do you know what a community organizer does.....he teaches people how to "work the system" of entitlements. In other words; it creates "wards of the state"!

    This president is NO leader, he is only a "Monster Creator" and in his case......a Headless Monster! How's that "Hope & Change" working for you Dems and Libs now????

    June 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    LOL, like BP cares enough to even pay the shrimpers and fishermen that lost all of their wages. Thanks republicants for setting the bar so high with your damage limits. I see the US taxpayer paying for this CORPORATE screw up for generations. How about that right wingers, "drill baby drill" and now my children, their children and their great granchildren will pay for the corporate greed of BP and the republicants that don't want to regulate the greedy corporations.

    June 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Kathy Conques

    Quit sending bills, threatening them, holding your boot on their necks....how about YOU and the Federal Government, stop the rhetoric of "words" with which you demeanize every entity BUT the Federal Government, and START helping with the cleanup and ACTING if you care so much! A good crisis is a shame to waste seems to be our new motto for all things the past 18 months. I want my America back and a government that actually acts according to the public's wishes and not their own!

    June 3, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Rob

    A bill to BP for $69 million is a joke. They make billions of dollars in profit every QUARTER. And I'm sure that the damage that has been caused (lost wages, lost wetlands, tourism losses, etc) is worth a helluva lot more that $69 million

    June 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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