As clean-up efforts continue in the Gulf of Mexico, new proposed legislation might change who bears the burden.
Washington Senator Patty Murray is calling on the company responsible to foot the bill. Senator Murray says it should not be the taxpayer who foots the bill for BP's mistake.
Just days ago one of their rigs started leaking oil into the waters just off the coast of Louisiana. The latest estimates; 210,000 gallons of oil per day.
While BP has worked closely with the clean-up effort, Senator Murray wants to make sure their efforts are 100% so you at home are not left paying.
"What they're liable for right now is $75 million. There's a $75 million cap on their liability for economic damages today. I think we all realistically know the cost will be well beyond that." Said Sen. Murray.
Her proposal is push that $75 million to $10 billion. That sounds like a lot, but the Senator says oil companies have been making billions of dollars in profit., so they can pay up.
Senator Murray also says this legislation hits close to home; the Exxon Valdez disaster 20 years ago cost billions to clean up.