White House Insists BP Pay Oil Spill Cleanup Regardless of Cost

The White House's latest message to BP is a simple one: Talk is cheap, so you better pay up in the Gulf.

Company officials have said a few times publicly that they were willing to cover all costs related to the cleanup, even if they exceed the $75 million liability cap. In a letter to company officials (see the pdf here), the administration seeks reassurances on that point, reports ABC News.

In a letter to Dr. Anthony Hayward, the group chief executive of BP, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar note the many public statements from BP officials dismissing the $75 million-per-incident statutory liability cap, and ask for a formal clarification as to whether those dismissals are company policy.