June 16th, 2010
08:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Dem: Lawmakers going to take Hayward's 'hide off'

Washington (CNN) - Democratic lawmakers will try to build the case of a corporate culture which chose riskier, cheaper methods over safety concerns as they grill BP CEO Tony Hayward on Capitol Hill Thursday.

"Members are angry. Members are frustrated," Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, told CNN's Dana Bash. "They're going to take his hide off, as they should."

Stupak, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, outlined evidence his committee has put together from thousands of pages of internal BP documents.

In Thursday's hearing, Stupak intends to focus on what the lawmaker sees as a pattern of behavior on BP's part that risked safety in order to contain costs and make up for the drilling project's being behind schedule.

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Filed under: Bart Stupak • BP • Oil spill
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  1. Four and The Door

    He's a corporate guy," Stupak said of Hayward. "At the end of the day, he's going to put his best foot forward.
    As if you are any more believable, Rep. Stupak. I am sure you will feign superiority and anger to milk this discussion for all you can politically extract from it because frankly your career needs a boost after that Obamacare fiasco. I'm not impressed.

    June 17, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. they call me "tater salad"

    What all of these snake-oil salesmen politicians need to realize is, you can have all of your little Congressional hearings ,one right after another, day after day, til the cows come home, but when we the people see that nothing much of anything ever happens much beyond that we ask ourselves, "whats the point"? Do you idiots really think that some people in this country can't see through your phony outrage and political showboating? Give me a break! Not all of us are mindless lemmings!!

    June 17, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  3. Ben

    Here the deal folks talk is cheap! Make BP the example why we need a "Climate Enegry Bill". "Cap and Trade American made"

    June 17, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. Anna

    These are the lawmakers who failed to do their job and 2 month in to the oil spill all we are hearing are juvenile threats and what they are going to do to BP , Obama is going to kick a... , this one is going to slice and dice , one can only wonder whatever has happened to the once high held decorum of the White House and Congress.
    Of course BP will be held responsible but I am sure that an investigation will find many more were negligent , not just BP.
    So lets concentrate on getting the oil flow stopped first.

    June 17, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  5. Who supported deep water oil drilling?

    Stupak is right, and what he says applies to every politician and citizen who supported deep water oil drilling. People who claimed that deep water oil drilling was safe were mistaken, and their mistaken beliefs are destroying the Gulf of Mexico. I want CNN to ask the people they interview if they supported deep water oil drilling or if they believed the environmentalist who claimed a massive spill could happen? I just watched a cnn interview with a woman who said we should continue deep water oil drilling. I waited for Anderson Cooper to ask her if she is willing to risk another massive oil spill, but he did not ask her that.

    June 17, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
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