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BP didn't consider hurricanes in its response plan

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 21:56 IST

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A US lawmaker says BP's disaster response plan for an oil spill does not mention hurricanes or tropical storms.

Rep. Edward Markey says the omission is yet another example of what the oil giant was not prepared to handle.

The Democrat's comments came during a congressional hearing on a law to improve technology intended to prevent disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Officials responding to the oil spill in the Gulf Coast are scrambling to prepare for Hurricane Alex, which is expected to hit the South Texas coast this week.