Anadarko Petroleum spent US$770,000 in Q2 to lobby federal government on last year's Gulf oil spill, offshore fields, specialized drilling techniques, GHGs, climate change; company spent US$1.2M in year-ago quarter, US$1.1M in Q1 2011

WASHINGTON , September 29, 2011 () – Anadarko Petroleum Corp. spent $770,000 in the second quarter to lobby the federal government on last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

That's down 37 percent from the $1.22 million it spent in the same period last year and 32 percent from the $1.14 million it spent in the first three months of this year. The Woodlands, Texas, oil company also lobbied the federal government on legislation involving offshore fields, specialized drilling techniques, protections for whistleblowers, greenhouse gases, and climate change, according to the report filed on July 20.

Anadarko is part owner of the Macondo well that ruptured in April 2010 and created the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. BP, which operated the well, is expected to pay more than $40 billion to handle the spill. Anadarko so far has refused to pay its share of the spill costs, but experts say it eventually could be forced to pay billions of dollars.

In April through July, Anadarko lobbied Congress and the departments of energy and interior, according to the report the company filed with the House clerk's office.

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