BP President Calls Clean-Up Unprecedented

BP continues to scramble to clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The head of BP says they’re doing everything they can to stop the oil spill and repair the damage. Laurie Johnson reports.

BP CEO Tony Hayward calls the scale of the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill unprecedented. Hayward told KUHF at his office in West Houston that nearly 200 skimmers and boomers are canvassing the oil slick, along with an aerial response and underwater efforts.

“All accidents are avoidable, but when they happen you’re judged by how you respond. And we are responding in a very aggressive way. We are intent on doing the right thing, doing it the right way and communicating openly and transparently with all of our stakeholders, including the community of Houston, as to what we’re doing.”

The company’s attempt to siphon the oil using a 100-ton containment box failed over the weekend.

Hayward says they’re going to try again with a smaller box, hoping it won’t involve the same complications as the larger one.

“Let’s deal with the response, then we sit back and understand lessons around the incident, lessons around the BOP failure, lessons around the subsea interventions and lessons around the spill response and there will be some, for sure.”

BP has spent an estimated $350 million on the clean-up so far, with more than 200,000 gallons of oil still gushing from the leaking well every day.

Crews work to collect oil May 8 near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire and sank.  

Crews work to collect oil May 8, 2010 near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire and sank. At least 193 vessels are assisting in the oil spill recovery after the platform sank April 20, 2010. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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