WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06) concerning BP and the Deepwater Horizon disaster:

"I categorically disagree with the comments made by my colleague from Texas, Congressman Joe Barton, regarding the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

I strongly support the creation of a $20 billion escrow fund to pay the costs associated with this environmental disaster that is wreaking havoc on the economy of the Gulf region and the lives of its residents.

As I have stated in the past, BP has earned great profits from the oil rigs it operates in the Gulf of Mexico and now must bare the full financial burden for the failure of Deepwater Horizon."