Four weeks ago, oil company executives were celebrating an Obama administration decision to expand drilling off the U.S. East Coast. Now, after a rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, they face a grilling in Congress and tougher rules on how they do business. Representative Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, on Thursday told chief executives from five companies that they will be called to appear before his committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. The companies include BP Plc, which leased the rig to drill the well that is now leaking 5,000 barrels a day into the waters off the coast of Louisiana.
Revisions to a U.S. ban on deep- water drilling will do little to restart Gulf of Mexico operations brought to a standstill by the worst oil spill in the country’s history, industry groups and analysts said.