Lawmakers say oil company plans have same flaws
Rep. Ed Markey says the plans, including BP's, 'cite identical response capabilities and tout identical ineffective equipment.'
Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 10:04 AM
UNPREPARED: The committee looked at plans of BP along with those of ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil. (Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)
Two congressmen reviewing the oil spill response plans of the nation's five largest oil companies say they are nearly identical — and all the companies are unprepared for an oil spill.
Rep. Ed Markey, chairman of a House Energy panel, said the plans "cite identical response capabilities and tout identical ineffective equipment." The committee looked at the plans of BP along with those of ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil.
Markey said at a hearing that two plans list the phone number for the same dead expert, and three include references to protecting walruses — which don't live in the Gulf.
Committee Chairman Henry Waxman called them "cookie cutter plans," and said they are as unprepared as BP was to respond to a spill.
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