BP says the figure does not include a $20 billion fund for Gulf damages it created this month.
In the Gulf, Tropical Storm Alex was forecast to strengthen and possibly become a hurricane Monday or Tuesday as its center crossed open water from Yucatan to Mexico’s northeastern coast.
That track is far from the area of the oil spill off Louisiana’s coast. But the first tropical storm of what is expected to be an active Atlantic hurricane season will still generate waves up to 15 feet high and winds of 20 to 30 mph on its outer edges that could pound the oil spill area, said Stacy Stewart, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
“That could exacerbate the problem there in terms of pushing oil further inland and also perhaps hindering operations,” Stewart said.
Isachenkov reported from Moscow. Associated Press Writers Harry Weber in Houston and Sofia Mannos in Washington contributed to this report.