Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Congressional Hearing on Oil Spill

The government continues to scrutinize the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which, despite efforts, has yet to be contained. Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources resumed its hearing on offshore oil and gas development, which featured accusations of uncoordinated response and questions about the approval of utility BP's application to drill under Deepwater Horizon (read "Finger-Pointing, but Few Answers at Hearings on Drilling," New York Times, 5-11-2010). The hearing included testimony by a Texas A&M professor and representatives of BP America, U.S. Minerals Management Service, Halliburton, and Transocean Limited . You can find the testimony of individual witnesses, as well as a the archived webcast of the full hearing, on the Senate's web site.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is also getting involved in the investigation of offshore oil and gas operations. Yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced reforms that will give federal inspectors greater authority to regulate oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (read the press release here).

To find more government resources about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, take a look at our April 26 blog post.

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