BP CEO Scheduled to Appear Before Congress to Answer for Gulf Oil Spill

Battered BP CEO, Tony Hayward, has been summoned to testify before U.S. lawmakers next week, according to a letter released Tuesday.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce said it will hold a hearing on June 17 as part of an ongoing investigation into the causes of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 people and has spilled millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight will hear testimony from the executive who has found himself between the crosshairs of lawmakers and the president for his company's role in the spill.

More than six weeks ago, a pipe burst below the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf due to an explosion onboard, sparking what President Barack Obama has called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. BP and the government have felt a backlash from critics who say they were unprepared to deal with the ensuing leak.