May 11th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
5 years ago

BP, subcontractors: Spill is the other guy's fault

Lamar McKay (far left), president and chairman of BP America; Steven Newman (center), president and CEO of Transocean; and Tim Probert (right) president of global business lines and chief health, safety and environmental officer for Halliburton are sworn in before a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.
Lamar McKay (far left), president and chairman of BP America; Steven Newman (center), president and CEO of Transocean; and Tim Probert (right) president of global business lines and chief health, safety and environmental officer for Halliburton are sworn in before a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

New York (CNNMoney.com) – The three oil companies primarily involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill blamed each other Tuesday for the accident last month that left 11 workers dead and oil still spewing into the Gulf.

At a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, BP, the well's owner and lead operator of the project, sought to turn attention to Transocean, which had a contract to drill the well for BP using its Deepwater Horizon drill rig.

"Transocean, as owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, had responsibility for the safety of drilling operations," said Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America.

In particular, McKay drew attention to the valve that was supposed to shut off the well in case of an accident. The valve, known as a blowout preventer (BOP), is owned by Transocean.

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  1. Jilli

    A perfect example of why more stringent regulations are needed.

    The industry won't regulate itself, we as a country have a right to protect our propery and interests in the waterways, just as they have a right to try and protect their profits.

    So typical, no one to accept responsibility.

    May 11, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Tim

    It doesn't matter whose fault it is. Obama has not responded appropriately and has turned a tradegy into a collosal joke.

    May 11, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. walleye

    If all three are blaming each other, then let them all share the costs equally. Also how about jail time for each of them. Problem solved.

    May 11, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The plot thickens, ans so does the oil spill.....

    Let the finger pointing continue, and so will the oil spill.....

    May 11, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Dano

    I'm sure this is a portent of things to come. Once the initial PR blitz is done and it's time to pony up money for the clean up and compensation to affected businesses, the stalling and finger pointing will begin in ernest. Just like in the case of the Exxon Valdez, the courts will decide, after years of foot dragging by BP, how much they must pay, then will come the appeals and the lowering of the amount owed by new judges until BP gets off with a relative slap on the wrist. In the meantime BP will continue to rake in billions in profits while the Gulf Coast States pay the cost for their negligence for decades to come.

    May 11, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Chipster

    The spill is OUR fault! Greed, gluttony, selfishly abusing the Earth's resources is our fault. We are driving the bus over a cliff. Fools want to argue about whether or not climate change is real! What possible difference does it make?

    Fossil fuels are being depleted. Drilling and mining are poisoning us and destroying the environment. We need to cut the dependence on fossils fuels and unfriendly foreign suppliers. We must develop renewable, clean sources of energy. Stop arguing about whether the Earth is warming. What needs to be done is the same whether the Earth is warming or not!

    May 11, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This attempt from one to the other to keep from footing the bill needs to be put on hold and these people needs to be at work fixing this problem they need to slip a ring around the pipe with a lid attached to it and shut the lid on this crap .

    May 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Meka

    Everyone Reap's the Benefits . . . NOONE ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY!

    May 11, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Why am I hearing the theme to the Three Stooges? I can't get that out of my head!

    May 11, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Moderate

    Ever hear the phrase: "Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship"?

    The ship is sinking and they are all rats and by the way, what about the families of the 11 missing crewmen?

    May 11, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Did ANYONE honestly expect anything else. Wait for the oil to start washing up on beaches other that the Redneck Riviera, when it starts showing up in places like VA Beach and New Jersey later this year watch how far those cowards run and say "It's not my responsiblity". These oil folks have no problem wanting less regulation but will have huge problems letting go of their massive profits to clean up the worst man made disaster in the history of this planet.

    May 11, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Dave

    Of course it's the other guy's fault. Have you ever heard of a corporation actually taking responsibility for anything, let alone an oil company? I can't wait to hear them all try to weasel out of actually having to pay for damages that they caused.

    May 11, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    Regardless of whose fault it is, I an glad that BP did not act like Exxon. The response from Exxon was disgusting. I haven't bought Exxon gas since that spill. Good job, BP, for standing up and taking responsibility.

    May 11, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. ran

    Ha,Ha,Ha took me a while to stop laughing over this one.

    It is never these guys fault.

    A great role model these guys are. Not.

    If none of them want to accept responsibility then make them all pay.

    May 11, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    What amazes me that we have no one remembering that 11 people died because somebody didn't follow the safety rules!
    And all we get from BP Oil is not me, I didn't do it and the other corporation says Did Too, Did Not, Did Too, Did NOT!
    And what will the Government and congress do?
    I know give them a 100 Billion dollar bailout with taxpayer money that always works.

    May 11, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Michael

    Hang them all and plug the hole with them.

    May 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Eric in Denver

    In other news Barack and the other libs blame Bush for the oil spill.

    May 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Felonious Monk

    Shirking responsibility due to a technicality! LOL, LOL, LOL. Now they are trying to plug the hole/well with garbage. Can you imagine. Who authorized these inept bozos to go and destroy the coastline?

    Talk about being ill-prepared, or being absolutely not prepared for a disaster. This is shamefull at the least.

    Unacceptable!

    May 11, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Tom in Wheaton

    These guys should go to jail. All of them.

    May 11, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. El Gordo

    Conservatives, who have made a bizarre religion out of "free" market capitalism, should stop and think about this. Corporate values are accounting values. That which increases the bottom line is good. That which reduces the bottom line is evil. There are no other rules. Therefore, by the standards of corporate ethics, it is OK to lie to public officials, cook the books, file frivolous lawsuits, lie to consumers, lie to stockholders, lie to regulators, manipulate markets, bribe public officials, sue consumers, sue competitors, sue children, sell lead toys to our kids, sell filthy food to us, hide product defects, hide assets, and hide liabilities.

    These fellows are all lying. They may well have conspired prior to testifying. They may all three be concealing pertinent facts. They will all get huge bonuses at the end of the year. Those who are fired will get bigger bonuses for being fired. They will all pay millions to lobbyists to block future regulations that might prevent oil spills like this.

    This behavior is completely un-American. It completely contradicts "family values" and "small town values."

    This is not free enterprise the way Barry Goldwater described it. This is Corporatism.

    May 11, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    Blame it on the B – Blame in on the P!!!
    Blame it on THEM – and Blame it on ME!!!
    Blame it on the Al – Al – Al – Al – Al – ALCOHOL!!!
    Blame it on the Al – Al – Al – Al – Al – ALCOHOL!!!

    In the meantime – get the SHISH out of the water and STOP the LEAK!!

    May 11, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. jerseylou

    Whoopie do.....old repubican play book blame each other,since they want to play games fine them heavy and give them jail time.Let them continue to there cannibalism ways while there in the pokey.

    May 11, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Ben in Texas

    Halliburton comes back to haunt us again. They gave us Dick Cheney, who let them squander money from no-bid contracts in Iraq, and now they've screwed up the concrete and caused the most massive oil spill in U.S. history.

    When will Halliburton executives go to jail for their crimes?

    May 11, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. wayne

    How do wimps get to be so rich and powerful?

    May 11, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. richard

    its OK now these 3 can split the cost for this disaster 3 ways...... to hell w/ this blame game.

    May 11, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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