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Oil spill panel two day hearing continues Tuesday

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The presidential panel that is supposed to find out the cause of the Gulf oil spill is starting by focusing more on the response and impact.

Monday was the start of a two-day New Orleans hearing by the National Oil Spill Commission.

Amid interruptions by protesters, the talk from oil executives, experts and regular people was more about the aftermath of the spill than why it happened.

Commissioners say that's by design.

They want to know the disaster's impact.

BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells testified about what BP was doing to stop the leak.

But none of the seven commissioners asked him about the potential causes of the Apr. 20 oil rig explosion that triggered the spill.

Most of Tuesday's testimony is about the economic cost.

A.J. Holloway, Biloxi Mayor, is set to testify Tuesday in New Orleans.

Holloway is expected to tell the National Oil Spill Commission how the oil spill is affecting Biloxi.

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