Halliburton in spotlight in gulf spill probe
Investigators look at the company’s role in cementing the deepwater drill hole in the
Gulf of Mexico. Transocean and BP also face questioning.

By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times

Investigators delving into the causes of the massive
gulf oil spill are examining the role of Houston-based
Halliburton Co., the giant energy services company that
was responsible for cementing the deepwater drill hole,
as well as the possible failure of equipment leased to
British Petroleum.

Two members of Congress, Reps. Henry A. Waxman
(D-Beverly Hills) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), called on
Halliburton on Friday to provide all documents relating
to “the possibility or risk of an explosion or blowout
at the Deepwater Horizon rig and the status, adequacy,
quality, monitoring, and inspection of the cementing
work” by May 7.

Halliburton Chief Executive David Lesar is scheduled to
testify before Waxman’s energy and commerce committee
on May 12, along with top executives Lamar McKay of BP
America Inc. and Steve Newman of Transocean Ltd., which
leased the drilling rig to BP.

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