BP CEO Tells Congress He's 'Devastated' by Spill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

In an atmosphere of high tension, a House panel has opened Congress' first hearing with BP CEO Tony Hayward answering questions about the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Lawmakers also want assurances that BP will compensate Gulf Coast residents and businesses for oil spill damage.

A woman disrupted the hearing just as BP CEO executive Tony Hayward began his testimony.

The woman, identified as Diane Wilson, shouted to Hayward from the back of the room: "You need to be charged with a crime." She was grabbed by Capitol police and taken from the room.

Moments later, Hayward began his remarks, saying that the Gulf oil spill "never should have happened" and that he regretted the impact the spill has had on the environment and the people of the Gulf Coast.

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