Gulf oil disaster brings gusher of Hill hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) - The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has unleashed a gusher of congressional hearings that may prove nearly
as hard to cap as the blown BP well.

In a heated election year, the spill is proving an easy target for lawmakers, whose fears of being swept from office in an anti-incumbent wave were reinforced by Tuesday's primaries.

There have been 10 congressional hearings over the past two weeks. Five more are set for this coming week, and more are coming in June. President Barack Obama is naming a special commission to review the accident.

Blame-trading oil industry executives, along with government regulators, scientists and environmentalists have crossed paths on
Capitol Hill as they scurry from one hearing to the next.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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