US mobilises National Guard

2010-05-01 07:51

Washington - The US National Guard in the state of Louisiana was mobilised on Friday in response to the monster oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Pentagon said in a statement.

"In response to the BP oil spill, the secretary of defence is authorising... the mobilisation of the Louisiana National Guard to help in the ongoing efforts to assist local communities in the cleanup and removal of oil and to protect critical habitats from contamination," said Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell.

"As the responsible party in this incident, the government will hold BP accountable for the costs of the deployment," Morrell added.