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Jun 15, 2010 12:47 PM by Greg Boyce

House committee critical of large oil company safety

Members of Congress aren't reserving their criticism just for BP. They also have a few choice words for other big oil producers.

On Capitol Hill today, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are accusing the largest oil companies of being no better prepared than BP for averting an environmental catastrophe.  California Democrat Henry Waxman calls the spill response plans nothing more than "paper exercises," comparing them to BP's failed plan for plugging the spill a mile underwater.  Executives from BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell are testifying to to the panel today.

Some executives sought to distance themselves from BP. ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson told the committee that the Gulf spill would not have occurred if BP had properly designed its deepwater well.

Chevron CEO John Watson said his company's deep water drilling activities "are safe and environmentally sound."

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