BP ‘Will Absolutely be Paying’ Costs of Oil Spill, Says CEO

May 3, 2010

(ChattahBox)— With the Gulf oil spill expected to exceed the Exxon Valdez catastrophe in Alaska, the Obama administration is pushing hard to make it clear that BP Oil is responsible for the costs associated with the cleanup effort. And BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward, said on Monday his company will “absolutely” pay for the costs of the devastating oil spill in the Gulf region, with sensitive ecosystems and thriving commercial fishing and tourism industries at risk.

During an interview with NPR radio, Hayward said BP would pay for the clean-up costs and “legitimate” claims for losses:

“It is indeed BP’s responsibility to deal with this and we’re dealing with it,” he said. […]

“We will absolutely be paying for the clean-up operation. There’s no doubt about that,” Hayward also said. And, “where legitimate claims (of damages) are made, we will be good for them.”

When asked about the reports of BP officials pressuring Gulf residents to sign agreements to limit their claims for damages, Hayword responded it was a “misstep” and has been discontinued:

“Hayward called his company’s efforts to get some coastal residents to sign agreements limiting its responsibility for their losses “an early misstep” that was “eliminated very early in the process.”‘

Local fishermen, already reeling from loss of income, have been hired by BP to place vinyl booms along the shorelines of the affected states.

During an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, when asked about BP forcing residents to sign confidentiality agreements, also limiting their damages, she said that practice would be stopped. “If that in fact is the case, that is a practice we want stopped immediately.”

Luckily BP’s sneaky “early misstep” was found out before the company was able to sweep the Gulf region with its legions of lawyers, to pressure vulnerable residents facing an economic and environmental disaster.

Photo Credit: Scott Threlkeld/The Times-Picayune


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