U.S. Senate opens oil spill hearing

CBC News

Executives of BP America, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton will appear before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington on Tuesday to help shed light on what might have caused an offshore oil rig to explode in the Gulf of Mexico.

It is the first hearing into the fate of the Deepwater Horizon, which Transocean owned, Halliburton employees worked on, and BP had leased to drill an oil well 1,500 metres below the water’s surface about 80 kilometres off the coast of Louisiana.

The rig exploded on April 20 and sank two days later. A critical safety device known as a blowout preventer failed, allowing hundreds of thousands of litres of crude oil to gush daily from the wellhead into the water.

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