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Allies Eye Each Other Warily Since Spill

“As an association, we’re trying not to point fingers. It’s pretty evident that those under the microscope now are trying to point fingers,” she said. “We’re going to wait for an investigation and it’s going to all come out in due time.”

“The collective energy of everybody should be stopping this leak and preventing further damage,” she added. “We can start playing the blame game later.”

Until the spill’s culprit is found, Petty said, he expects all three of the trade groups to keep a low lobbying profile while playing the waiting game.

In the coming weeks, he expects more meetings between BP and Transocean bosses as well as lawmakers and executives, similar to closed-door meetings held Tuesday by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the chairman of the top House subcommittee on energy and the environment.

“At this point we’re just responding to inquiries and subpoenas. ... Since we don’t know what happened, it’s hard to allocate blame or prescribe new regulatory initiatives,” he said.

“There will be other hearings, especially as the spill expands. ... You can bet that the environmental committees are going to get into it, so we’re just bracing for it.”

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