May 11th, 2010
09:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Oil execs to brief Senate panels on spill

BP American President Lamar Kay will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.
BP American President Lamar Kay will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - Congressional hearings into the massive oil spill growing in the Gulf of Mexico will start Tuesday, as winds continue to push the crude closer to the Mississippi Delta.

BP America President Lamar McKay and Transocean President Steven Newman will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the morning and then the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in the afternoon. BP leased from Transocean the oil rig that exploded off the Louisiana coast last month, starting the spill.

Senators are expected to quiz McKay and Newman about the precautions taken before the blast that set off the underwater gusher and the steps being taken to stop the spill.

Experts also are expected to testify on the possible impact of the spill on fishing, tourism and local economies.

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  1. ronvan

    Just getting tired of all these nonsenseable, TV attention getting, wasting money "inquiries". Another attempt for our "elected children" to strut their stuff, point their fingers, and when done go have dinner & drinks with the same people they were condemning. Couldn't you acheive the same thing by having their attorneys submit sworn statements?

    May 11, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. katiec

    It would be interesting to know who sponsored the bill, when it was voted in for the inadequate liability to oil companies for diasters such as this.
    Hopefully, BP and others will be held totally responsible for all costs. Unfortunately, money can never replace the damage done to wildlife and our environment.

    May 11, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Brac

    Does anyone really expect any truth to come out of this? Stop wasting our time and get moving on the clean-up.

    May 11, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. t22

    Good move Congress, let's distract these guys from actually cleaning up this mess so you can have your sound bites. Then 2 days later we can find out that the most outraged lawmakers held BP stock, just like found out much of Congress was going short but criticizing Goldman for doing the same.

    May 11, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Jilli

    First question...what is your documented back up/recovery plan for this type of incident? I find it hard to believe that this situation wasn't raised previously as a possibility and that disaster recovery plans werren't in place. They appear to be winging it, at the expense of our waterways and many peoples livlihoods.

    May 11, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Dano

    It's a shame that it takes an environmental disaster like this to focus awareness on the dangers of offshore oil drilling. Let this be a lesson to voters in other Gulf States (Florida in particular) that the short term benefits of allowing drilling off your coast will be greatly exceeded by the damage caused by a spill. Hopefully this will drive a stake into the heart of the "Drill baby Drill" coalition and put America on the path to developing clean, sustainable energy sources.

    May 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. tiff of Lithia Springs

    BP needs to pay the US gov back every dime for the clean up. They told the President that they had things under control they don't. Now thousands of our countrymen will be without a way to make a living because of their lack of planning.

    May 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The Congressional hearing is nothing more than illusionary political theater to fool the electorate that something meaningful will be done. The same politicians who accepted oil money and ignored warnings from scientists about the shortcomings of the oil industry to prevent a runaway blow out will express their outrage and concern before cameras. Little was done after the Exxon Valdez spill and little will done after this spill. History will repeat itself...you can bet your money on it, the oil industry has and proved it works on politicians.

    May 11, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Why not pinch the riser solidly to stop the flow of oil, then cut the riser 10 feet downflow, pour concrete into the riser, then pinch again
    downflow from the concrete. That would stop for good the spill, at least it would slow it down considerably for sometime.

    May 11, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. howard yonet

    I am convinced that BP could have shut off leak promptly and completely by dynamiting deep in the undergound pipe and / or sealing hole at the sea bottom with huge concrete or natural boulder. They didn't do this because they were still hoping that they could successfully reconnect to the pipe and thereby keep the oil flowing. As a result the spill continues and is destroying the gulf.

    May 11, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    The best of Daytime Soaps and Reality TV. The knee-jerk senators love a crisis and a TV camera. Look tough, ya'll. Maybe the pressure is supposed to increase the kick-backs (sorry, 'campaign contributions').

    The answers to the problem are well-known: Use less oil. Drill cleaner (the harder a problem is to fix, the more effort (and money) used to prevent the problem). Speed up the alternative energy production.

    But for today, lets grill some oil company executives. Easier than actually solving problems.

    May 11, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. kate

    BP should be responsible for everything related to the whole mess. They should pay the people for the lost businesses etc. They have all those wonderful billion of dollars of profits, now they can use them. And gas should not be raised because of the mistake of not having the proper preventers in place. Nice going, Cheney!!!!

    May 11, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. mike

    this is great I love it when the republicans run around saying drill
    baby drill but cry on government spending well wait until they get
    this bill they talk about housing in this country loosing it value
    wait you will get a great deal on a home that is in the gulf coast
    you can wake up in the morning and smell that golden crude
    and then you can walk that oil film beach and see all the dead
    sea birds and fish god bless america

    May 11, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Djinn

    Fine them by the hour from the spill until it is entirely cleaned up and people's jobs and businesses restored. And fine them BIG!!

    May 11, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. diridi

    pass the energy efficincy law, and climate laws...we need to have reform apart from Immigration reform.....ok, then talk...work on unemployment situation...here at home...then talk...

    May 11, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Michael

    Oil execs must be held to the same level of responsibility as any other citizen. If I spill a barrel of waste oil and tell the judge that I will only pay for as much of the cleanup as leaves me a convenient amount of money to enjoy myself this month, I will probably be held in contempt of court – and rightly so. Oil execs are in eternal contempt of everybody else in the world. They must pay immediately for a complete cleanup, no matter what it costs. If they refuse, they should be sentenced to prison and forced to clean up the mess in orange overalls.
    In China, they would have just shot these guys and given the successors a week to show progress or meet the same fate.

    May 11, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |