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Democrats Promise BP's Tony Hayward Tough Grilling On Capitol Hill

June 18, 2010 by  

Democrats promise BP's Tony Hayward tough grilling on Capitol HillWhen BP CEO Tony Hayward appears in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he should be prepared for some rough questioning, according to the committee’s chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

The California Democrat and his colleague Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) sent a letter to BP in advance of the hearing, outlining some of the questions the CEO will have to answer.

They include inquiries about the alleged low-costs solutions and speed with which some of the elements of the damaged well were put in place.

"BP appears to have made multiple decisions for economic reasons that increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure," the lawmakers wrote in the latter.

They added that "in several instances, these decisions appear to violate industry guidelines and were made despite warnings from BP’s own personnel and its contractors."

In fact, media reports suggest that just days before the disaster one of the oil company’s engineers called the structure in question a "nightmare well."

On April 20, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and set off the biggest offshore oil spill in United States history. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19838330-ADNFCR

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