Justice News

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 9, 2010
Statement of Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli on Deepwater Horizon Escrow Fund

WASHINGTON – Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli issued the following statement on the Department of Justice’s negotiations to establish an escrow account for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill:

"Today, the department announced that it had completed negotiations to establish a $20 billion fund to provide the necessary resources to those suffering from the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We are pleased that BP made an initial contribution and has taken an important step toward honoring its commitment to the President and the residents and business owners in the Gulf region. We have made clear that the company still needs to ensure that the necessary funds will be available if something happens to the subsidiary that established the trust and we look forward to completion of an appropriate security arrangement in the near future."

10-910