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The best quotes: Congress grills Big Oil

June 16, 2010, 4:04 p.m.
BP CEO Tony Hayward

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"No prior knowledge"

"I had no prior knowledge of the drilling of this well. None whatsoever. ... With respect, sir, we drill hundreds of wells each year."

— BP CEO Tony Hayward on June 17, absolving himself in the Deepwater Horizon disaster to members of Congress.