BP says would welcome military help on oil spill

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP’s Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the company welcomes an offer of U.S. military help to end a large oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking Thursday on NBC’s “Today,” Suttles said BP Plc will take help from anyone to combat a spill that began when an oil rig exploded and sank last week off the coast of Louisiana. He gave no specifics of what help might be coming.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry says the Secretary of Homeland Security has briefed President Barack Obama and the government has offered to have the Department of Defense use its equipment and expertise to help contain the spill and protect the U.S. coastline and wildlife.