Washington, D.C. (AP) - A Justice Department official says no
settlement talks are taking place between the Obama administration
and BP over fines for BP's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Justice Department official spoke on condition of anonymity
because criminal and civil investigations of BP are continuing.
The Justice official made the comment Tuesday after Louisiana
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise said the two sides are talking in an
effort to avoid a costly legal fight.
Scalise told The Associated Press that members of his staff got
information about discussions while working on oil spill-related
legislation he is proposing.
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