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The best quotes: Congress grills Big Oil

By: Russell McLendon on June 16, 2010, 4:04 p.m.
Tony Hayward

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"A complex accident"

"I understand people want a simple answer about why this happened and who is to blame. The truth, however, is that this is a complex accident, caused by an unprecedented combination of failures. A number of companies are involved, including BP, and it is simply too early to understand the cause."

— BP CEO Tony Hayward, in prepared testimony delivered to Congress on June 17.