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U.S. Senator Asks DOJ to Wait on Civil Settlement of BP Oil Spill Charges

Feb 13, 2013
(Dow Jones)

Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) is asking the U.S. Justice Department to hold off on a civil settlement with BP Plc (BP, BP.LN) over the Deepwater Horizon accident until the company comes to terms with Gulf Coast states on other environmental penalties.

In a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Mr. Vitter said he is concerned that a settlement over Clean Water Act violations--which is widely expected to reach into the billions of dollars--might lead states to spend those funds on environmental-restoration projects that are supposed to be covered by another process, the Natural Resources Damages Assessment, or NRDA. BP declined to comment.