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Jun 15, 2010 12:24 PM by Melissa Canone

5 largest oil companies response plans unprepared

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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