British PM says he understands the anger ‘across America’ for BP

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Washington (CNN) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday that he “completely understands” the anger that “exists … across America” regarding the oil well operated by BP that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico three months ago.

“It is BP’s role to cap the leak” and compensate people affected by it, he said during a visit to Washington to meet with President Obama. Cameron said he is in regular touch with the leadership of BP, a British-based company.

Just down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House on Tuesday, a former interior secretary said Interior Department regulators designing disaster contingency plans didn’t prepare for a calamity the size of the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis because of a lack of precedent.

Dirk Kempthorne told a joint congressional subcommittee on the three-month anniversary of the spill that previous environmental impact statements, assessments and oil spill response plans were “based on the probability that a significant oil spill was small.”

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