WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, today (May 12, 2010) held a hearing to examine the causes of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20 and subsequent oil spill. The hearing, titled "Inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Oil Spill," addressed the adequacy of safety measures and the emergency response to the incident, and the status of recovery efforts.
This is the third hearing Stupak has held as chairman of Oversight and Investigations involving British Petroleum. Stupak has investigated several spills in BP’s North Slope, Alaska, drilling, including the 2006 spill that resulted in more than 200,000 gallons of oil leaking into the tundra, as well as BP’s 2005 Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 and injured more than 170.
Click here to read Stupak's statement in the full press release on his Web site.
Editor's Note: For an opinion on the BP Disaster and other such projects with actual and potential environmental and human impacts, see Elanne Palcich's article, "BP Disaster: What are we doing to the planet we call Home?" on Headwaters News.