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Obama Demands Meeting with Svanberg

Publicerat fredag 11 juni 2010 kl 10.53
Carl-Henric Svanberg. Foto: Patrick Sörquist/Scanpix

United States President Barack Obama has called the Swedish chairman of British Petroleum, Carl-Henric Svanberg, in for a meeting to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The White House, which delivered the call on Thursday evening, will require Svanberg and other top BP executives to explain themselves next Wednesday in Washington.

This will be the first time that Obama has met Svanberg since a BP oil rig exploded in the Mexican gulf almost two months ago. Svanberg's silence on the catastrophy has recently come under criticism and has raised questions about whether or not he will keep his job, according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

American authorities say that the oil leak might now be much bigger than they had previously believed. According to new calculations, the vessel is spewing nearly 40,000-barrels-worth of oil each day. That's more than double what was previously counted on.

The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Thad Allen told Swedish Radio News that he will not be satisfied until BP has stopped the leak, removed all the oil in the sea and cleaned up the coast.

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