BP Chief claims he wasn’t involved in decision making

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WASHINGTON—BP PLC Chief Executive Tony Hayward on Thursday insisted he wasn’t involved in key decisions concerning the oil well that exploded two months ago, frustrating U.S. lawmakers hoping to gain more details about the disaster.

“I wasn’t involved in any of that decision making,” Mr. Hayward told House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D, Calif.) The chief executive also said federal regulators had signed off on BP’s well design, offering a preview of the company’s defense. BP is facing multiple probes, including Justice Department civil and criminal investigations.

Congressional investigators have unearthed evidence they say shows that BP ignored warnings from contractors and BP personnel in order to save money. Three days after receiving a letter detailing the congressional findings, Mr. Hayward told the committee that he was “not prepared to draw conclusions.”

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