Vitter Calls BP for Commitment to Fund Remaining Barrier Island Plan

June 2, 2010

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today sent a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward calling on BP to confirm in writing that it will fund all remaining, permitted segments of the emergency barrier island dredging plan so that the state of Louisiana can begin work immediately.

The text of the letter follows:

June 2, 2010


Dr. Tony Hayward
Chief Executive Officer
British Petroleum
International Headquarters
1 St James’s Square
London, SW1Y 4PD

Dear Dr. Hayward:

Last week, after weeks of delay, the federal government finally issued permits for approximately forty percent of the state of Louisiana’s emergency dredging barrier island plan (6 of roughly 40 segments), but only agreed to move forward and have BP pay for approximately two percent of the plan (1 small segment). This is completely unacceptable and displays the lack of urgency and can-do attitude that has plagued the federal and BP response from the beginning.

In keeping with BP’s clear commitment to pay for all response measures and damages associated with this disaster, I request that BP confirm in writing that it will fund all other permitted segments of the above plan now so that the state can contract for and commence all of that work immediately.

I look forward to your written response. It will both address an urgent need and serve as a clear indication of the sincerity of BP’s commitments in general.


David Vitter
United States Senator

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