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Oil giants still unprepared for future spills

Published 16/06/2010 | 05:00

Two US congressmen reviewing contingency plans of five major oil companies in the event of another spill say they are all unprepared.

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Representative Ed Markey, chairman of the energy and commerce environment subcommittee, 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.

Mr Markey said at a hearing that two plans listed the phone number for the same dead expert, and three included references to protecting walruses - which don't live in the Gulf.

Committee chairman Henry Waxman called them "cookie cutter plans", and said they were as unprepared as BP was to respond to a spill. Meanwhile, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, told Congress that the Gulf oil spill would not have happened if BP had properly designed its deep water well.

Irish Independent

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