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How Critical, Dingell?

I thought they were against drilling there?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday called on the U.S. Congress to hold hearings into BP’s operations in Alaska following a second oil pipeline rupture at its Prudhoe Bay operations over the weekend that will shut the 400,000 barrel-a-day oilfield.

“It is appalling that BP let this critical pipeline deteriorate to the point that a major production shutdown was necessary,” said Rep. John Dingell, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a statement.

“The United States Congress has an obligation to hold hearings to determine what broke down here and what laws and regulations need to be improved to ensure problem pipelines like these are found and fixed earlier,” Dingell said.

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