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DURANGO, Colo. -- The company stepped forward to pay for the annual July Fourth display back in December, five months before the start of its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The display typically costs $15,000, and city officials were poised to cancel it because of a budget crunch.
Company spokesman Curtis Thomas said the company knows how important the celebration is to the community.... He said BP hasn't asked for any advertising in exchange for its donation.
.......The U.S. Department of Interior said the company at times reported erroneous royalty rates, or listed gas coming from the wrong wells. BP said the mistakes led it to underpay the Southern Utes about $200,000, money it says it has repaid the tribe.