Oil companies involved in U.S. oil spill play blame game (3)

08:37, May 12, 2010      

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BP America, Inc. President and Chairman Lamar Mckay (L), Transocean Limited President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Newman (C), and Global Business Lines President and Halliburton Chief Health, Safety and Environment Officer Tim Probert attend a hearing on offshore oil drilling before the U.S. Senate energy and natural resources committee on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, May 11, 2010. The hearing is held to review issues related to deepwater offshore exploration for petroleum and the accident in the Gulf of Mexico involving the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.(Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

Probert insisted that the company's work was done "in accordance with the requirements" set out by BP and followed accepted industry practices.

However, lawmakers made clear that they didn't like the finger pointing.

"I hear one message. And the message is, don't blame me," said Republican Senator John Barrasso. "Well, shifting this blame does not get us very far."

Tuesday's hearing is the first public questioning by members of Congress of executives of BP, Swiss-based Transocean and Halliburton to probe the rig disaster.

It has been nearly three weeks since the explosion and every day 5, 000 barrels of oil is still leaking into the gulf. Currently the oil has reached the shores of Louisiana, impacting the livelihoods of millions in the Gulf Coast states and threatening more.

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