Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Oil Spill Hearing

After attending Diane Feinstein's constituent breakfast (my second one!) I headed over to Rayburn, one of the seven office buildings surrounding the Capitol, for the a hearing about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The congressmen and women on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee interrogated 4 stoic-looking oil executives about the spill. I sat with the press people typing away on their laptops. Here's what the girl in front of me was working on.

A group of the senators flew over the oil spill last week. The slick is the size of Montana. One of them brought back a jar of it.

The committee is chaired by Henry Waxman (D - Beverly Hills). I caught a glimpse of Lois Capps who is apparently a member as well, but she only stayed for a minute.

This guy was fun to watch, he was in charge of the camera. He zoomed on whoever was talking with those little controls, like a video game! One camera stayed fixed on the stoic face of Lamar McKay, the Chairman for BP America.

Here's the LA times article about the hearing. 11 people died in the explosion. The hole is still spewing oil, 210,000 gallons per day. They've tried several techniques to stop it, such as putting a hastily made 'top hat' on top of it. Their newest idea for stopping the spill: shove golf balls and old tires into it. I'm not joking. It's called the junk shot procedure.

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