Tuesday, May 11, 2010

BP, Halliburton and Transocean At Congressional Hearing: "Don't Blame Me!"

Fresh off of today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Josef Hebert of the Associated Press writes about the apparent PR strategy of the three companies involved in the catastrophic and ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:
BP PLC told Congress Tuesday its massive Gulf oil spill was caused by the failure of a key safety device made by another company.

In turn, that company said BP was in charge, and that a third company that poured concrete to plug the exploratory well didn't do it right. The third company, which was plugging the well in anticipation of future production, says it was only following BP's plan.
It wasn't an accident that all three companies - BP, Halliburton and Transocean - used the stage provided by the hearing to blame each other: the Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Halliburton and Transocean had been making a concerted effort to heap blame for the problem on BP alone.

Which leaves us to wonder: exactly how much manpower are these companies spending developing PR strategies at a time when their efforts to contain the spill are failing so miserably?

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