On Thursday, as President Barack Obama was preparing to meet with the families of the 11 people killed in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was ripping into BP for its sketchy business practices as she talked to reporters at a White House press conference. –KA


“It is clear that there was a lack of integrity on the part of BP when it came to what it told us about the adequacy of their technology, the sufficiency of blow-out prevention and the capacity to clean up,” Speaker Pelosi said.

Addressing reporters at the White House, she agreed with calls for BP to suspend its dividend to ensure that compensation is paid to Gulf oil spill victims.

Mr Obama said he and congressional leaders had agreed that they should look at how to update US law to ensure victims of the Gulf oil spill were protected.

Pollution legislation was written before the industry had developed ultra-deep water exploration and ought be brought up to date to ensure the people of the Gulf “are made whole”, he added.

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