(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement after BP indicated that they would be unable to send a workforce safety representative to a June 10 hearing she will be chairing on the failure of oil and gas companies to provide adequate protections for workers. At the hearing, Murray will question witnesses on the lessons learned from past accidents, as well as what changes need to be made to better protect workers in the oil and gas industry. Murray has invited BP executives to testify about a pattern of safety violations that led to the Deepwater Horizon accident that killed 11 workers, and they have so far declined to attend the hearing.

“I find it outrageous that even after an accident that killed 11 workers, BP is still not putting a high enough priority on worker safety to send a representative to a hearing specifically focused on protecting workers in their industry,” said Senator Patty Murray. “We need answers from BP about the history of violations that led to the accident at Deepwater Horizon in order to make sure tragedies like this never happen again. And I truly hope that they reconsider this decision and attend this hearing.”

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