May 27, 2010 5:26 PM by Melissa Canone

2 Workers From Oil Rig Explosion Told Congress Company Cut Corners

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two workers injured when an oil rig exploded
in the Gulf of Mexico tell Congress that the companies in charge of
the doomed drilling operation cut corners and neglected maintenance
in a race toward higher profits.
Laborer Stephen Stone told the House Judiciary Committee
Thursday that the companies gambled with workers' lives.
Oil has been leaking in the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon
exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.
But Jimmy Harrell, the Deepwater Horizon's offshore installation
manager, told a panel of Coast Guard and Minerals Management
Service officials at a separate hearing near New Orleans that he
didn't feel pressured at all.


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