BP's CEO answers questions about oil cleanup

Tony Hayward
Tony Hayward

VENICE, LA (WAFB) - The top brass at BP defended his company Thursday.

BP CEO Tony Hayward insists his company is under control, doing everything it can to cap the leak estimated to be spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico daily. Hayward answered questions during a satellite interview from Venice.

Last week, BP lowered a 98-ton containment box to the sea floor in an attempt to cap the leak. The plan failed, so the company moved on to the so-called "top hat," a much smaller dome meant to act similar as the larger box. Hayward said if the latest plan fails, officials have other ideas in mind.

"We've got additional containment devices in parallel to the top hat to try and eliminate the leak completely," he said. "We are taking responsibility for the cleanup and any environmental consequences."

However, no one is accepting the blame for the actual explosion. Earlier this week in Washington, BP officials pointed fingers at Transocean and Halliburton. Representatives from those companies pointed fingers right back at BP and each other.

"We're taking responsibility for dealing with the response. The investigation is ongoing and will determine the cause and until such time, it's not appropriate to speculate to who's at fault," Hayward explained.

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