On the eve of oil executives appearing at a congressional hearing on disaster planning, ExxonMobil launched a blog with a post calling the Gulf oil disaster “a dramatic departure from the industry norm in deepwater drilling.”
"This devastating chain of events is far from the industry norm," wrote Exxon’s chief blogger Ken Cohen, who's also the oil giant's vice president of public and government affairs.
He wrote that what occurred in the Gulf did not “occur on the 14,000 other deepwater wells that have been successfully drilled around the world."
Exxon’s spokesman Karen Matusic told CNN.com that the idea of the blog was conceived before the Deepwater Horizon disaster and that the company hopes it will create a dialogue about the “biggest issues” in the energy industry.
“It would be strange to start a blog and not mention about the rig,” she said.
Writing in his blog, Cohen said: “Understandably, people have questions, comments and concerns about the tragic events unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. So do we. That’s why we’re making this our primary focus as we start this discussion.” He added that the BP oil disaster will remain a dominant theme.
ExxonMobil isn’t the only company defending its stance on deepwater drilling.
Chevron also spoke out this week.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Monday, Chevron chairman and CEO John Watson said he accepts the need for tighter drilling regulations in the wake of the spill, but called the six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling imposed by the Obama administration unnecessary.