Key Executive Invokes the Fifth as House Members Assail BP
Lawmakers today lambasted executives from energy giant BP PLC for maintenance failures on their giant Alaska pipeline, as one key executive invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to answer questions.
BP announced in early August that it had discovered widespread corrosion requiring replacement of 16 of the 22 miles of “low-stress” oil pipelines at its Prudhoe Bay complex. The repairs have stymied production at a time when gasoline prices and energy policy are near the top of election year concerns.
Members of a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee assailed BP executives for failing to act on evidence indicating that feeder pipelines at the company’s Prudhoe Bay facility were susceptible to widespread corrosion.
Richard Woollam, former manager of the corrosion, inspection and chemicals group for BP Exploration Alaska Inc., invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions at the hearing.
Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., described BP as a “company with bloated profits that has failed to fix bad pipelines.”
HOW GARRETT RESPONDS TO HIGH ENERGY PRICES
- Rep. Garrett voted against cracking down on the oil and gas industries price gouging.
- Rep. Garrett voted for the GOP energy bill that gave billions to oil, gas and nuclear industries.
- Big oil and gas industries have given Rep. Garrett $48,000.
Seriously, does anyone have evidence of E. Scott Garrett standing up for his constituents? I'd ask him, but he's seems to be avoiding questions, including those from Paul Aronsohn.