Senate Dems urge BP to set up $20 billion account for oil spill

Senate Democrats urged BP to set up a $20 billion independent account to pay for the economic and environmental damages from the Gulf oil spill.

In a letter to BP chief executive Tony Hayward, Democrats said the establishment of such an account would be an "act of good faith" and responsibility.


"Although creating this account at this level in no way limits BP's liability, we believe it will do more to improve BP's public image than the costly public relations campaign your company has launched," the senators wrote in a letter dated June 10 and released by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE's (D-Nev.) office on Sunday. The lawmakers asked for a response by June 18.

David Axelrod, senior White House adviser, said Sunday that President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE wants the company to set up an independently administered escrow account to deal with compensation claims.

The letter is signed by 54 Senate Democrats.