Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
BP executives have been receiving emotionally charges and pointed questions from Senators during hearings over the Gulf spill. The Nightly News reported that “Senators had no patience … Senators wanted answers and accountability. Two big issues drew deep skepticism. What fix will actually work and who covers the spiraling cost?”
According to the AP, “Congress called BP and its drilling partners to account Tuesday for a ‘cascade of failures’ behind the spreading Gulf oil spill, zeroing in on a crucial chain of events at the deep-sea wellhead” just before the explosion, during back-to-back Senate hearings. Said Sen. Jeff Bingaman, “If this is like other catastrophic failures of technological systems in modern history, whether it was the sinking of the Titanic, Three Mile Island, or the loss of the Challenger, we will likely discover that there was a cascade of failures and technical and human and regulatory errors.” But Lamar McKay, chairman of BP America, told the hearing, “Liability, blame, fault – put it over here,” referring to Transocean and Halliburton, “Our obligation is to deal with the spill, clean it up and make sure the impacts of that spill are compensated, and we’re going to do that.”
The spill has the potential to cause billions of dollars in damages to individuals, states, industries, and governments. There is plenty of blame to go around. This terrible incident should not have happened. I hope the entities involved will do what is right and accept accountability for the errors that caused so much damage.
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Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including product liability, medical malpractice, and automobile accident claims. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
Mr. Zambri was sought after to publish a chapter regarding product liability litigation in Aspatore Books – a company that is touted as “the largest and most exclusive publisher of C-1 Level executives (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, Partner) from the world’s most respected companies and law firms.” To read Mr. Zambri’s publication, entitled “Constantly Preparing To Win”, please click here.
BP, Gulf Spill, Oil Spill, Senate Hearing