BP meets with Wal-Mart for oil spill cleanup help

By Jeff Mason

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (BestGrowthStock) – Officials from BP Plc and Wal-Mart Stores met on Friday to study using the retail giant’s technology to help clean up the Gulf oil spill, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said.

Allen, who is overseeing the U.S. response to the massive spill, told Reuters in an interview Wal-Mart’s know-how could be used to help track the private boats — called vessels of opportunity — involved in skimming and cleaning up oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

“What we’re trying to do is get a command and control system for all those skimming vessels that are out there,” he said. “We’re looking to see if the technology that Wal-Mart use to track their trailers and track their trucks might be used to help us track skimmers and the vessels of opportunity.”

Allen said the two companies would continue to discuss the issue. “It’s really a BP and Wal-Mart kind of a collaboration,” he said. “We thought there was enough there. We’re going to continue that discussion.”

(Editing by Todd Eastham)

BP meets with Wal-Mart for oil spill cleanup help