The Costs Of BP's Gulf Oil Spill Keep Adding Up

BP says the oil spill has so far cost the company $450 million. The White House wants the oil company to pay for all the damage caused by the spill but there are other costs as well. The White House wants Congress to approve $10 million to cover potential litigation costs that the Justice Department may have to bear.

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NPR's business news starts with the latest cost of the gulf oil spill.

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MONTAGNE: BP says the oil spill has so far cost the company $450 million. The White House wants the oil company to pay for all the damage caused by the spill but there are other costs as well. The White House wants Congress to approve $10 million to cover potential litigation costs that the Justice Department may have to bear.

The request is part of a larger bill aimed at helping communities that have been affected by the disaster.

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