BP went ahead on Wednesday afternoon with its effort to plug the mile-deep gusher of oil that has been streaming into the Gulf of Mexico for more than a month. The procedure, known as a top kill, began at 1 p.m., the company said. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a member of both the Senate energy and environment committees, has insisted that BP pay for the economic damage the spill has caused on the Gulf Coast – in addition to the cleanup costs. At a hearing Tuesday, Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli told a Senate energy committee that BP has pledged to pay claims even if they exceed the $75-million cap. The answer outraged Sanders, The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate reported. "You may be the last person in America who trusts or believes what BP says," Sanders lectured Perrelli, according to The CBS Evening News.
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