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Number 10: Spill costs 'ultimately an issue for BP'

Downing Street said that Mr Cameron has not spoken with BP about their concern about the rising compensation costs from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, nor did he raise the issue with president Obama or other US authorities during his visit last week. A Number 10 spokesperson said:

Ultimately this is an issue for BP. The Prime Minister will always listen to the concerns of British businesses and consider any issues raised.

Read: BP 'urges PM to help' with Gulf of Mexico oil spill costs

'Fictitious' compensation claims 'putting BP at risk'

British Petroleum has warned that millions of dollars of "fictitious" compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are putting the company at risk.

A logo is seen at a BP fuel station in London. Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville

BP has sought an injunction to stop payouts to US companies it argues are claiming fraudulent or inflated losses from its £5.4 billion compensation pot.

An appeal document by the group argues that businesses in the US have been handed millions of dollars for "non-existent, artificially calculated losses", according to reports.

BP warned in the court filing that it will be "irreparably harmed" unless the compensation system is reformed.

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BP 'urges PM to help' with Gulf of Mexico oil spill costs

British Petroleum has urged David Cameron to step in over the company's rising compensation costs for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, according to the BBC.

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Credit: REUTERS / US Coast Guard

The company feels its financial recovery is at risk due to these costs and BP also worry that they could become a takeover target, the report says.

BP, who reportedly feel the compensation system is being abused, has urged the Prime Minister to bring up this issue with the US government, the BBC suggests.

The 2010 disaster killed 11 oil rig workers and around four million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2012, BP agreed to pay £5.4 billion in compensation but the company now expects that cost to be higher.

Passengers endure cruise ship hell in Gulf of Mexico

The Carnival Triumph is due to be towed to land by Thursday. Credit: APTV / US Coast Guard

Passengers who are among 4,200 people on board a stranded cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico have said conditions on the vessel "are getting worse by the hour".

Cabin carpets on board the Carnival cruise ship, which is being towed by a tug boat after being halted Sunday because of a fire in the engine room, are now soaked in urine, according to those on board.

Many have been forced to sleep in tents on deck and food supplies have been reduced to cold onion sandwiches, the passengers reported via a patchy phone line.

The ship is being towed to Mobile, Alabama, at the rate of a few miles per hour. It is expected to reach land on Thursday.

Investigation launched into US oil rig explosion

Members of the US Coast Guard are investigating the fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico which has led to the death of two workers, with two others missing.

The rig is believed to be a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokesman for Black Elk Oil, which owns the rig, said four injured workers had been airlifted to a hospital in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

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