Obama, Dorgan to Huddle Tuesday Afternoon

Posted June 8, 2010 at 1:18pm

President Barack Obama will huddle with Sen. Byron Dorgan at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.

Neither the White House nor Dorgan’s staff could confirm why the two are scheduled to meet at 2:45 p.m. But their meeting comes a day after the North Dakotan, the second-ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, hinted that the administration and Congress may be considering ways to legally bind BP to pay damages stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We need to bind them at this point to make sure that six months, 16 months from now they don’t say, ‘Well, you know what, we didn’t mean we were going to stand behind all of it,” Dorgan said Monday on CNBC.

Dorgan said he asked the Justice Department if BP is legally bound to stand behind all legitimate claims associated with the spill, and the answer was no.

“I hope that Justice will find some way to get a binding commitment,” Dorgan said of BP’s pledges to cover costs.