Exxon Mobil says BP drilling outside industry norm

Exxon Mobil will tell U.S. lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Tuesday that BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig was operated outside the industry norm, leading to the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

"This incident represents a dramatic departure from the industry norm in deepwater drilling," Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson said in his written testimony obtained by Reuters to the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee's scheduled hearing on the oil spill and how to secure America's energy future.

Tillerson said if oil companies properly designed offshore wells, built in layers of protective redundancy, properly inspected equipment and focused on safety, then incidents like the current Gulf oil spill "should not occur."

[Source: Reuters, Washington, 14Jun10]

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