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Spill hearing to bring out blame issues

As congressional hearings on the Deepwater Horizon disaster kick off today, lawmakers are likely to get a tangle of finger-pointing from the corporate leaders whose companies are being sued for negligence in connection with the disaster.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/deepwaterhorizon/6999189.html

In prepared testimony obtained by the Chronicle, the officials trade blame over what went wrong, with rig owner Transocean suggesting cement casing by Halliburton was key and Halliburton insisting BP is the ultimate responsible party.

BP America's chairman, Lamar McKay, is expected to focus on the failure of the blowout preventer, a 450-ton piece of equipment used on oil and gas wells worldwide as a fail-safe protection against spills.

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