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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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 ( - 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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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Easy solution: Make all three pay for it. Have a nice day!

    May 11, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The Houma Nation should file a class action lawsuit against VP Dick Cheney and demand that the Energy Task Force file be opened (it was paid for by the American taxpapers which includes the Houma) without any redaction to see what he did to destroy the Gulf Coast. Yes people, this is Cheney fault and his alone.

    May 11, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Dean

    Make all three pay for it.

    May 11, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Allen Hussein

    Why does Haliburton pollute our waters? Why does Haliburton electrocute our brave fighting men? Why does Haliburton hate America?

    May 11, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Dar

    All parties were going to profit from this well and all should be held responsiable

    May 11, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Where is Vice President Cheney? His Energy Task Force is responsible for this and he needs to account for his actions. I think that the Houma Nation should sue him and the oil industry for the loss of their tribal lands and loss of income that is the result of their uncheck greed.

    This is Dick Cheney's fault.

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