Congressional committee grills rig execs listen05/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
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Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce asked the heads of four corporations what went wrong at the Deepwater Horizon rig site on April 20. Their answer, for the most part, was that they don’t know. Rep. Henry Waxman grilled them on an equipment test failure that had occurred just hours ahead of the rig explosion. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch listed some of the many ways blowout preventers fail for BP CEO Lamar Mackay.
Officials said blowout preventers are the last line of defense in preventing oil leaks like the one currently happening in the Gulf. Also present were the heads of Halliburton, Transocean, and Cameron International, the company that built the blowout preventer. Rep. Lois Capps railed against BP’s cleanup measures.
The hearing is one of what officials say will be many to find out what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout.
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