BP Joint-Venture Partner, Andarko, Blames BP for Spill, Refuses to Contribute Relief Funds

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which owns a quarter of BP PLC's blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, late yesterday blasted BP's "reckless decisions and actions" that led to the well's explosion.

The information disclosed this week "indicates BP operated unsafely and failed to monitor and react to several critical warning signs during the drilling" a statement by Andarko's CEO read. "BP's behavior and actions likely represent gross negligence or willful misconduct."

Anadarko Chairman and CEO Jim Hackett's statement came after some elected officials said Anadarko should help pay for the massive cleanup and spill-related claims. Company spokesman John Christiansen said the comments were in response to "a week's worth of testimonyā€¯ and other information and data compiled on the disaster.