BP chief Tony Hayward to testify before Congress

By Chavon Sutton, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Battered BP CEO, Tony Hayward, has been summoned to testify before U.S. lawmakers next week, according to a letter released Tuesday.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce said it will hold a hearing on June 17 as part of an ongoing investigation into the causes of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 people and has spilled millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokesman for BP on Tuesday confirmed that Hayward will testify.

In the letter, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations co-chairmen, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich. and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. urged Hayward to come prepared, accompanied by someone with "sufficient knowledge" to answer tough technical questions.

"The Subcommittee anticipates that its members may have questions requiring technical knowledge of the Deepwater Horizon rig operations, well design, and safety measures," they wrote.

Since the April 20 explosion, BP has spent over $1 billion related to the spill, a figure that includes payments to individuals and businesses put out of work because of the incident. But estimates for the ultimate cost range from $3 billion to $40 billion, to be paid out over a number of years.

BP found itself in more hot water last week, as some called on the company to suspend its dividend, saying the money should first go to clean-up efforts and damages.

In a meeting with investors Friday, Hayward tried to reassure both the public and BP's shareholders that the company had the money necessary to restore the Gulf Coast and pay for "other things."

"BP faces this situation as a strong company," said Hayward. "We will stand behind all our commitments."

--Senior writer Steve Hargreaves contributed to this report. To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,079.57 -42.44 -0.25%
Nasdaq 4,557.70 -11.93 -0.26%
S&P 500 1,996.74 -3.38 -0.17%
Treasuries 2.33 -0.03 -1.14%
Data as of 1:28am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Apple Inc 102.25 0.12 0.12%
Bank of America Corp... 16.01 -0.19 -1.17%
Facebook Inc 73.86 -0.78 -1.04%
Pfizer Inc 29.38 -0.11 -0.37%
Intel Corp 34.65 -0.14 -0.40%
Data as of Aug 28

Sections

The CEO of American International Group, Robert Benmosche, says he is leaving the company earlier than expected because of a terminal cancer diagnosis. More

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to reshape Japan's economy. Can he end deflation and deliver a revival? More

Whether you've got wanderlust or an airline grievance, here are some apps to pack onto your phone. More

Whether you've got wanderlust or an airline grievance, here are some apps to pack onto your phone. More

Five CNNMoney readers share stories about saving that you can learn from: What they would do differently if they had another chance. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.