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BP chief says he wasn't in loop, enraging Congress

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) --
BP chief executive Tony Hayward has disclaimed knowledge of any of the problems on and under the Deepwater Horizon rig before the deadly explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hayward on Thursday told a congressional hearing he had only
heard about the well earlier in April, the month of the accident,
when the BP drilling team told him it had found oil.

At one point, Hayward said he was out of the loop on decisions
at the well and coolly asserted that he wasn't "stonewalling."

That, however, infuriated members of Congress even more, as
lawmakers hammered away for what some perceived as a lack of
accountability.

Hayward also argued that safety had always been his top priority
and that is why he is "so devastated" with the accident and
ensuing oil spill in the Gulf.


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