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“It’s not our fault”: BP & others do the deflection dance on Capitol Hill

by Patt Morrison

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Oil company British Petroleum denies being at fault for the massive oil spill threatening the Louisiana coast Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Senators on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee brought executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton onto Capitol Hill today looking to place definitive blame for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is still spewing thousands of gallons of oil into ecologically sensitive areas. Instead, those executives proceeded to blame each other and do their best to deflect responsibility for the sinking oil rig and resulting oil spill that has yet to be contained. Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, summed up the hearing best when he told the executives: “I hear one message and the message is: 'don't blame me.' Well shifting this blame does not get us very far.” Who will take the blame in the Gulf oil spill, who will be liable for cleaning it up and what can Congress do to tighten regulations around the industry?


Michael O’Brien, staff reporter for The Hill who covered the hearings today in front of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

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