How an auditor’s comment suggests continued uncertainty over BP spill costs

The BP logo is seen on a sign at a BP gas station in London, U.K.. BP BP, +0.47% BP., -0.27% CEO Bob Dudley said the company was getting close to getting a final number. “While the amount is very large, we also recognize that we have found a realistic path to closure on the largest remaining legal exposures in the Gulf of Mexico. Removing this legal overhang and uncertainty allows us to focus on our future,” he told analysts.

Analysts’ notes after the second-quarter results were posted on July 28 focused on low oil prices and high project write-offs […]