Nov 8, 2010 7:53 AM by Nichole Larkey
WASHINGTON (AP) - The independent investigators looking into the causes of the massive Gulf oil spill will lay out their initial findings as a two-day hearing gets under way Monday.
Representatives of the three companies most involved in the April incident will be on hand as well.
The seven-member commission has a Jan. 11 deadline to report their findings to President Barack Obama, outlining what caused the disaster and what needs to be done to prevent another one.
The president's commission is the first independent body to weigh in on the spill that dumped 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Companies involved in the explosion, Democratic lawmakers and boards connected with the agency that approved BP's drilling plan have also examined the spill.