The Associated Press
A young heron sits dying amidst oil splattering underneath mangrove on an island affected by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, just inside the coast of Louisiana on Sunday. The island is home to hundreds of herons, brown pelicans, terns, gulls and roseate spoonbills.
June 15, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two congressmen reviewing oil spill response plans of the nation's five largest oil companies say they are nearly identical -- and are all unprepared for an oil spill.
Rep. Ed Markey, chairman of a House Energy panel, said the plans "cite identical response capabilities and tout identical ineffective equipment." The committee looked at plans of BP along with those of ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil.
Markey said at a hearing that two plans list the phone number for the same dead expert, and three include references to protecting walruses -- which don't live in the Gulf.
Committee Chairman Henry Waxman called them "cookie cutter plans," and said they are as unprepared as BP was to respond to a spill.
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