The BP oil spill will cost an estimated $12.5 billion or more. BP announced Monday it will pay for all cleanup costs in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Oil spills are expensive. Nearly two weeks after a massive explosion in an oil rig killed 11 workers and triggered a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the cleanup and other associated costs are rapidly mounting and, by one estimate, will total at least $12.5 billion.
On Monday, the Gulf rig's owner, British Petroleum (BP), announced that it will pay for the cleanup.
“BP takes responsibility for responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We will clean it up,” the company said in a statement, adding that it will pay “all necessary and appropriate clean-up costs.”
If the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill is any indication, BP’s bill will be big.