June 22, 2010 / 8:41 AM / 9 years ago

Libya won't bar BP, says oil spill "exaggerated"

The BP logo is seen at a petrol station in London, October 26, 2004. REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - The boss of Libya’s National Oil Corporation said he was happy to allow BP to continue drilling in his country, despite the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which he said was “exaggerated somewhat”.

Shokri Ghanem told a conference in London on Tuesday that he had been asked if Libya would continue to allow the British oil giant to drill in its waters, to which he responded he would.

“In a way, while it is a real tragedy, in another way, it is also exaggerated somewhat,” he said of the blown out well which a government panel estimates is gushing up to 60,000 barrels per day.

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