BP's First Bill from Obama Administration -- $69 Million

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

BP may not want to check its mailbox for a while. The Obama administration just sent its first bill to the oil giant for the government's efforts to deal with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The tab -- $69 million.

This is just the first of many bills -- the administration says it will bill BP regularly for costs related to the spill.

The bill was sent to "other responsible parties" in addition to BP, according to the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, which is the government and industry task force managing the spill response.

"As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill," the Command said.

The current bill is actually just 75% of what BP owes to date. The company has a July 1st deadline to pay the full amount.

"The administration expects prompt payment and will take additional steps as necessary to ensure that BP and other responsible parties, not American taxpayers, pay all of the costs associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill," the statement said. 

The bill breaks down like this:

-- $29 million for Federal agencies to operate ships, aircraft and boats to monitor environmental damage
-- $29 million for the activation and deployment of the National Guard
-- $7 million for removal operations and other environmental assessment efforts
-- $4 million for the Department of Defense's removal efforts and operation of ships and aircraft