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Executives trade blame as oil gushes in U.S. Gulf

Tue, 05/11/2010 - 5:27pm
Reuters

WASHINGTON/PORT FOURCHON, Louisiana (Reuters) - Executives from BP Plc and other companies involved in a deadly Gulf of Mexico offshore oil well blowout blamed each other in Washington on Tuesday as troops and prison inmates rushed to shore up Louisiana's coast against a huge oil slick.

The oil bosses were grilled on safety practices by members of the Senate Energy Committee, with committee chairman Jeff Bingaman saying it appeared the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that triggered the oil slick was due to a "cascade of errors, technical, human and regulatory."

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