USCG and BOEMRE Appear To Be Flinching Amid Threat of Congressional Scrutiny

Rob Almeida
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September 23, 2011

Just when we thought the Deepwater Horizon disaster had almost been sorted out… it’s apparent we have a long way to go.

Today’s scheduled oversight hearing by the Committee on Natural Resources’ on the “BOEMRE/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team Report” was pushed back nearly two weeks to October 6th.  That may not sound like news, but our sources on Capitol Hill responded to our inquiry saying, “this is very atypical.  The fact this meeting was pushed back at very last possible minute is very rare.”

The purpose of this meeting was to focus on the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) findings into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the federal response.

The JIT clearly put a lot of effort into their report they released the other week, and it was far more insightful than the what was released in the first USCG report last April, but now it’s time for the JIT to face the music in front of a congressional panel.

Recalling the congressional hearing last year involving the CEOs of BP, Halliburton, and Transocean, it was an unforgettably ugly scene.

…one that the USCG and BOEMRE are certainly looking to avoid at all costs.

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