Tuesday, May 25: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds its third hearing on the Gulf oil spill tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 325 Russell, the Kennedy Caucus Room. The Committee will examine liability and financial responsibility issues related to offshore oil production, including the Deepwater Horizon accident and S. 3346, a bill to increase the limits on civil and criminal penalties under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Members will hear from two panels of witnesses: the first will include Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, third ranking official in the Justice Department and supervisor of the Civil, Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax and Environment divisions. The second panel will consist of Congressional Research Service experts in environmental policy, liability law and financing risk.
Wednesday, May 26: House Natural Resources Committee kicks off Part 1 of a series of 7 hearings related to Deepwater Horizon by convening to examine to Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion at 10:00 a.m. Panel I: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Panel II: Rear Admiral Peter Neffenger, U.S. Coast Guard Deputy National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response; NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco; and MMS Director Elizabeth Birnbaum.
Thursday, May 27: House Natural Resources Committee holds Part 2 at 10:00 a.m. with BP's Lamar McKay and Transocean's Steven Newman, as well as Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association; API chief Jack Gerard; Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist for Oceana; and Michelle Foss, head of the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas.
Thursday, May 27: 10:00 a.m., the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies holds a hearing on the BP-Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, looking at the ongoing response and environmental impacts. Secretary Salazar and MMS Director Birnbaum will testify along with Deputy EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Asst. Interior Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland, and U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt.
Thursday, May 27: House Judiciary Committee, full committee examination of the legal liability issues surrounding the Gulf Coast oil disaster.
Thursday, May 27: 2 p.m. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Environment convenes for a hearing on combating the BP oil spill. More debate on the dispersant fight.
Thursday, May 27: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to examine the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on small businesses.
Source: Frank Maisano