In his second visit to the Gulf Coast Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder repeated his pledge that the Justice Department will look beyond BP and hold responsible any companies found liable for the Gulf oil spill.
“We’re looking at all the companies involved in the spill,” Holder said during a news conference, according to the Press-Register. “We’re bound and determined to hold all of them accountable.”
Energy company Halliburton, Swiss offshore drilling company Transocean, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Moex Offshore, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. all were involved with the drilling or own parts of the well that began gushing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico after a drilling rig exploded earlier this year, the Press-Register noted.
“That $20 billion was a floor, not a ceiling. So if there is the need for additional money, we’ll be going back to BP and the other corporations and other institutions that are involved in this,” he added.
Dressed in a white button-down shirt without a tie and wearing dark sunglasses, Holder toured areas affected by the spill on Dauphin Island, Ala., a small island near the Alabama-Mississippi border.
Earlier in the day, Holder met with Alabama Attorney General Troy King, Florida Associate Deputy Attorney General Trish Conners, Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama Kenyen R. Brown.
For more on Holder’s visit, see this video from Fox10TV in Pensacola.