Get ready for BP vs. Congress. Internal documents from BP appear to show that the oil company put profits ahead of safety in the days and hours before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, a congressional investigation found.
BP chief Tony Hayward has received a letter from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-California, telling him to be prepared to answer tough questions about the investigation when he testifies on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
The internal documents eerily show that a BP engineer wrote "this has been (a) nightmare well" just six days before the explosion, which led to the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
This isn't the first time we've heard allegations of BP putting profits over safety. Tonight on 360, we're holding BP accountable. You'll hear who has made the claim before. It's not just one person. It's many people making the accusation.
This is day 56 of the disaster. Oil is still gushing into the Gulf, even with a cap over the well. You might be getting tired of hearing about the disaster. We wish it wasn't happening, but we will stay on this story until the oil is cleaned up.
Pres. Obama is back in the Gulf. Today he pledged again to help Gulf residents rebound from this disaster.
"We are going to do everything we can, 24/7, to make sure that communities get back on their feet. And in the end, I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf coast in better shape than it was before," Pres. Obama said at a Coast Guard staging facility in Theodore, Alabama. He visited Alabama and Mississippi today. He will tour Florida's panhandle tomorrow. Then the President will address the nation Tuesday night from the Oval Office on the situation. We’ll have the raw politics.
Do you think Pres. Obama is being tough enough on BP? Share your thoughts below and we'll have the results of a new poll on this topic for you tonight.
We're also starting a new series of reports tonight we've entitled "Culprits of the Catastrophe." The first person on the list is Lord John Browne, BP's former CEO. He ran the company for decades and transformed it into a global empire. But Randi Kaye talked with critics who say that success came in large part because he cut costs and encouraged a "fix-it-when-it-breaks" attitude that's still in place at BP today. Browne's reign at the company ended amidst a personal scandal that made headlines around the world. We'll have all the details and hear what Browne says about the allegations is our first installment of "Culprits of the Catastrophe."
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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