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BP asks for Defense Department help for Gulf oil spill

A BP official says the company has asked the federal government with help examining the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the U.S. shoreline.

BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles said at a news conference on Thursday that the company has asked the Department of Defense if they can help with better underwater equipment than is available commercially.

He says the company has specifically asked for imaging techniques and remote operating vehicles.