Brazil's Straw Hat project helps women leave abusive situations
Has Russia saved the Assad regime from collapse?
12 May 2010 02:08 GMT | Humanitarian crises, Business & Economy, US & Canada, United Kingdom, United States
Oil executives are being questioned by a US senate committee three weeks after an oil rig explosion and fire killed 11 men and triggered a disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Washington DC where hearings were held on Tuesday in which senior executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton were asked to account for the "cascade of failures" at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform prior to the catastrophic rupture in the wellhead.
Tuesday's back-to-back hearings were the first congressional inquiry into the April 20 incident, which has since grown a massive environmental and economic disaster.
BP was the exploratory well's owner and overall operator, Transocean the rig's owner and Halliburton a subcontractor that was encasing the well pipe in cement before plugging it in anticipation of future production.
The three companies' executives took turns blaming each other when asked about lax safety and unpreparedness.
Each company defended its own operations and raised questions about its partners in the project.
The corporate finger-pointing prompted an admonishment from Lisa Murkowski, the Republican senator of oil-rich Alaska, who said "there will be no excuse" if operators are found to have violated the law.
"This accident has reminded us of a cold reality, that the production of energy will never be without risk or environmental consequence," she said.
A BP spokesman said an oil containment box known as a "top hat" was being taken to the leaking oil well and undersea robots would position it over the gusher by Thursday.
The new device is much smaller than one that failed during the weekend and engineers hope it will cap the leak and allow the oil to be brought up to waiting tankers on the surface.
Ramifications from the environmental crisis spilled over into landmark climate change and energy legislation that is coming out Wednesday.
The bill proposes letting coastal states veto drilling projects off the shores of neighbouring states if they can show the potential for harm.
Source: Al Jazeera
Energy firm acknowledges setbacks in efforts using steel-and-concrete box to stop leak.
Oil giant says efforts to contain oil spill have been hampered by technical obstacles.
Content on this website is for general information purposes only. Your comments
are provided by your own free will and you take sole responsibility for any direct
or indirect liability. You hereby provide us with an irrevocable, unlimited, and
global license for no consideration to use, reuse, delete or publish comments, in
accordance with Community Rules & Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
Twice the size of Paris, the open-air Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm offers a unique approach to reforming criminals.
Prisoners, Philippines, Crime
As the battle over Kunduz rages, US may be forced to extend troop deployment after 14 years of warfare with the Taliban.
War & Conflict, United States, Afghanistan
Military intelligence ordered major companies to steer clear of two independent newspapers with ad revenue, sources say.
Media, Bangladesh, Politics
Enbridge Energy is eyeing a major pipeline in Minnesota state, but the project faces fierce environmental opposition.
Environment, Oil spill, Energy
Israeli troops wound two Palestinians near settlement northwest of Ramallah after stabbings in Jerusalem and Kiryat Gan.
Middle East, Palestine, Israel, War & Conflict
President Vladimir Putin says Russian warships targeted ISIL in Syria with at least 26 rockets.
War & Conflict, Middle East, Syrian crisis, Syria, Russia
We speak to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and ask a former KGB general about Russia's air strikes in Syria.
War & Conflict, Middle East, Israel
The names of Newton, Galileo and Copernicus are well known, but how have the great Islamic thinkers of the middle ages contributed to the science of today?
In a Delhi slum, puppeteers, musicians, jugglers and acrobats try to unite as they wrangle with an approaching eviction.
Business & Economy, Arts & Culture, Poverty & Development
101 East follows the lives of seven people in Nanjing and asks what they think of the direction their country is taking.
Politics, Asia Pacific, China