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No 10: Spill costs 'issue for BP'

BP has urged David Cameron to step in and help with rising compensation costs for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to reports. No 10 has said Mr Cameron has not spoken to the firm, adding "this is an issue for BP."

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'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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