Several hearings on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster are streaming live on the web, results could lead to criminal charges against oil company officials
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — BP officials are testifying at an independent hearing of a commission investigating the events leading up to the fatal and devastating explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. C-SPAN is streaming the live on the web.
Current questioning is focusing on the cement casing procedure that has been identified as a critical failure in the welll drilling procedure that may have contributed to the catastrophic failure of the well.
According to C-Span, the week-long series of hearings is a fact-finding effort to help find new information for the Coast Guard’s oversight duties. Several top BP officials who were responsible for operations on the drill rig were scheduled to testify, but have declined to appear. The two men, Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza, reportedly argued about Deepwater Horizon operations before the explosion, C-Span says.
The hearings could lead to criminal charges against BP officials. Several survivors of the oil rig explosion will also testify.
A replay of Monday’s hearing is also available online at C-SPAN.org.
Click here to get more information on the official inquiries at the U.S. Coast Guard-Department of Interior Joint Investigation Team website.
In another hearing on Capitol Hill, the Joint Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating the role of the U.S. Department of Interior in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. The department’s mineral and mines oversight branch developed a reputation for having an inappropriate relationship with the companies it is supposed to regulate.
This hearing is also streaming live on the web at the committe’s website.
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