Thursday, June 3, 2010

BP CEO Hayward Admits to No Deep Water Plan



The New York Times reports today that BP's CEO's Tony Hayward admitted in an interview that the oil giant did not prepare for deep water oil disaster:
“What is undoubtedly true is that we did not have the tools you would want in your tool kit,” Tony Hayward, chief executive of the British oil giant told the Financial Times in an interview published Thursday.
He says BP and other companies, following the Exxon Valdez disaster, developed plans for surface spills, but BP had neither a plan nor the equipment to stop a leak one mile down.

That's the problem. Nobody, including the federal government, had a plan for an oil leak that far down. Reports surfaced in early May that the federal government let BP avoid filing plans about how to deal with a blowout preventer problem in deep water.

Again I'm reminded of Bob Herbert's op ed, "Our Epic Foolishness."
If an oil well is too far beneath the sea to be plugged when something goes wrong, it’s too deep to be drilled in the first place.
I quoted it yesterday in my piece on Bobby Jindal's family history in oil.

The NYT article leads with news that BP successfully cut the riser pipe, but the cut is crooked, and so, capping the pipe to stop the gush of oil will be a challenge, Admiral Thad Allen said.

Hayward's been under fire for saying he wants his life back, inadvertently minimizing the loss of actual lives in the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in April that started us on this oil leak saga and the futures of people who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the oil spill. If he really wants his life back, he many have to step down as CEO of British Petroleum.

Related: Flashback: Jindal Tells How He Grew Up with Oil Industry and that Threat to Environment is Balanced in Louisiana. Yes, he's anti-regulation.

Also, Sarah Palin misrepresents information again. WSJ: "According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Republicans receive far more campaign money from the oil and gas industry than do Democrats.."

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