Protestor looks on as BP America's chairman, Lamar McKay waits to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources investigating the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Code Pink protestor holding sign. (Photo by Jeff Malet) - Jeff Malet Photography in Action
In back-to-back Senate inquiries, executives of the three companies at the heart of the massive spill were chastised by senators because of attempts to shift the blame to each other. They were asked to explain why better preparations had not been made to head off the accident..
May 11, 2010 10:00 AM - U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources - hearing: to review current issues related to offshore oil and gas development
May 11, 2010 2:30 PM - Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing, “Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Recent Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.”
BP America's chairman, Lamar McKay, Transocean CEO Steven Newman and Tim Probert., President, Halliburton Global Business Lines; Chief Health, Safety and Environment Officer
Senators of the coasrtal states also provided testimony at the second hearing - Landrieu, LeMieux, Menendez, Bill Nelson, Shelby.
The morning hearing by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the afternoon session before the Environmental and Public Health Committee gave lawmakers their first chance to question the executives publicly about the April 20 rig fire, attempts to stop the flow of oil and efforts to reduce the damage. On April 20, a fire and explosion occurred onboard our semisubmersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, working approximately 41 miles offshore Louisiana on Mississippi Canyon block 252. Of the 126-member crew, 115 were safely evacuated. Despite exhaustive rescue efforts, eleven crew members lost their lives, nine of which were Transocean employees.
June 14, 2010 - John Watson, Chairman and CEO of Chevron, James Mulva, Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company, and Lamar McKay, Chairman and President BP America, Inc. - hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee June 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The group of oil executives were scheduled to testify on the topic of "Drilling Down On America's Energy Future: Safety, Security And Clean Energy."
June 17, 2010 - Tony Hayword testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations