06/17/2010 // Washington, D.C., US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington, D.C. – BP CEO Tony Hayward testified before Congress on Thursday, offering an apology for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Hayward also received an apology from Republican Rep. Joe Barton for the recent agreement for the company to establish a $20 billion compensation fund for victims.
Barton is quoted by the AP as stating of the agreement on Wednesday, “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House.” Others expressed disagreement with Barton’s view, with Rep. Ed Markey stating the agreement was, “not a slush fund, not a shakedown. … It was the government of the United States working to protect the most vulnerable citizens that we have in our country right now, the residents of the Gulf.”
Hayward is further quoted as stating to lawmakers, “I understand the seriousness of the situation, the frustrations and fears that continue to be voiced.”
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