Former BP CEO Admits BP Was “Totally Unprepared” for Gulf Oil Spill
In his first interview since resigning in July, former BP CEO Tony Hayward admitted that the British oil giant’s contingency plans to deal with the gulf oil spill were inadequate. Not only were the plans inadequate, but Hayward also states that he and BP were completely unprepared for the intense media scrutiny.
“BP’s contingency plans were inadequate,” he said. “We were making it up day to day.”
In the interview, part of a BBC documentary, Hayward describes his experience at the helm of BP during the disaster and, particularly, the how the high level of media interest caught him off guard.
In the latest hearings before the White House oil spill commission, co-chair Bill Reilly stated there was a culture of complacency at all three companies responsible for the spill. He says that, given all the evidence thus far, he has concluded that a “sweep of bad decisions” were made by BP, Transocean, and Halliburton.