June 16th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

BP's Hayward 'deeply sorry' for Gulf oil disaster

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster "never should have happened," and BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward says he is "deeply sorry" that it did.

Hayward is scheduled to appear Thursday at a House subcommittee hearing on the oil rig explosion and fire that killed 11 workers and set off the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. In written testimony obtained by CNN, Hayward repeatedly says he is fully aware of the harm caused to the Gulf Coast region and commits BP to "do what we can to make certain that an incident like this does not happen again."

"Let there be no mistake - I understand how serious this situation is," Hayward's testimony says. "This is a tragedy: People lost their lives; others were injured; and the Gulf Coast environment and communities are suffering. This is unacceptable, I understand that, and let me be very clear: I fully grasp the terrible reality of the situation."

Read Hayward's complete written testimony

Hayward says he was personally devastated by the deaths of the 11 workers and called attending their memorial service "a shattering moment."

"I want to offer my sincere condolences to their friends and families - I can only imagine their sorrow," Hayward says in the written testimony. "My sadness has only grown as the disaster continues."

Saying he wants to speak directly to the people of the Gulf region, Hayward adds: "I know that this incident has profoundly impacted lives and caused turmoil, and I deeply regret that." He notes that many of BP's 23,000 U.S. employees live and work in the Gulf Coast region, and that BP has always tried to be "a good neighbor."

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  1. DAVID

    HE IS DEEPLY SORRY.....YET IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS, HE SAID ALL HE WANTS IS HIS LIFE BACK.....YEAH, THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE WHO IS DEEPLY SORRY TO ME....I THINK HE SHOULD BE FIRED!

    June 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah right!!

      Just more of the same spin control. Why don't actually spend some money helping out all that are affected instead of running your mouth some more and trying to improve BP's image?

      June 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagacity

      $20 billion isn't going to make much of a dent in the final costs for this and the entire staff of BP "small people" can stick it where the sun don't shine. Every speech by a BP executive "wanting his life back" seems designed to be more insulting than the last......

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      June 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. Harris

      I suspect he was, though with poorly chosen words, trying to convey that he isn't just going about his normal life unconcerned about what's happening in the Gulf. This is probably consuming his every waking thought, and he's probably not getting much sleep. One comment from someone who is probably exhausted is not a direct line into his soul.

      June 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I agree with L. Harris. Though I am not a supporter of BP, I don't believe one statement can engender a person's entire self nor should it.

      ...Buuuuuut we, the media, and everyone in politics love to do it, so like what BP is doing to the gulf, lets add some more fuel to the debate! Cherrio

      June 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      "deep sorry" is NOT ENOUGH for a disaster like this!
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      especially if we consider that BP WAS BEEN ABLE TO STOP THE OIL SPILL FROM THE EARLY DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      read the ARTICLE and see VIDEO that shows the BP tool able to do that, here: http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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      WHY the BP's engineers haven't used this tool from the EARLY DAYS ???
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      WHY the Press hasn't seen it in the BP's video ???
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      WHY the Press STILL don't talks about that ???
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      June 17, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      and... WHY they (that "wants ideas" to stop the oil leak) STILL don't give us more details about the wellhead, its dimensions, materials, details about how it is is made and works, etc. ????????????????????????????
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      June 17, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Bid for Waste Oil Recovery Workers Act

      Clean up recovery workers wage: @ 27.00 per hour.

      Wage per week estimate at: $ 1080.

      Health insurance issuance per worker @ $1,551.25 @ six workers = $ 9,307.05.

      Estimated 6 workers per acre site – per day estimated recovery = 150 mph & drum capacities of 6 gal. ... 0.18 cu. m/hour to 0.42 cu. m/hour flow rate, 750 kg to 4500 kg weight 12000 V to 1380 V x 8 hours.

      Fueling cost per wet vacuums @ 1380 V 30 gallons @ 2.98 x 8 hours x 6 wet vacuums = $10.01 x 6 = $300.38 weekly.
      36 gallons waste oil – one 50 gallon drum with recovery and waste water removal = 216 gallons…Need 5 50 gallon drums – 2 process drums for waste water removal.

      Rent and Storage: 6400 sq ft. @ 1,500.

      Cost per drum @ 50 metals for $250 @ $1750 x 3 sets for storage and delivery to waste oil processing facilities.

      Transportation costs: estimated mpg@ $2.98 for diesel @ 5 deliveries and pick up – barrel drums @ = $500 fueling cost per week.

      Penske 26 foot truck @ $150 per day with full coverage insurance @ 30 days = $4,500.

      Area: Site location 1; Site location 2; Site location 3;

      Total estimated cost per month per six employees.
      Wages: $25,920.
      Health Insurance: $9,307.50.
      Cost 6 Wet Vacuums: $1,440.
      28 / 50 gallon waste drums: $7,000.
      Rent and Storage: $1,500.
      Fueling costs @ 6 wet vacuums: $1,201.54.
      Transportation costs: $4,500.
      Repair costs: $1,200.
      Clothing and hazardous clothing attire: $45.00 per uniform @ 6 = per month $2,400.00.
      Transportation Fuel costs: $1,800.

      Total Monthly Cost: $56,269.04

      Total Yearly Cost: $573,948.48

      *Distribution and contaminant – dependant on recovery and recycling sites.
      **Wet Vat consumption and containment estimate per 50 gallon drum @ rate per hour x 6 employees at 8 hour intervals.
      ***Estimated hours per week @ 40 hours each worker @ $672.00 weekly @ $27.00 per hour

      June 17, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Yep – He's deeply sorry – sounds like more hot gas from an oil executive. Time to stop talking and do something

    June 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SD

    YOU'RE FORGIVEN, poor Tony........

    Everyone is forgiven..........except you, O.J.!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. g. h. bell

    According to libertarian candidate RAnd Paul, BP is the biggest victim of this tragedy, and attacks on BP are "un-American". What do you make of that, environmentalist lefties?

    June 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soylent

      You realize that libertarians are nothing like liberals, right? And that Rand Paul is the -Republican- candidate for the US Senate in Kentucky? And that he's backed by the Tea Party? He has nothing to do with environmentalist lefties.

      June 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ken

      I heard that – unbelievable

      June 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam hunter

      If Rand Paul actually said that the biggest victim in all of this is BP he is the worlds biggest douch*bag. Someone should punch him right in the face.

      June 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Baboo

    This tool and his cronies should be used to plug up the leak.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    He is sorry for destroying the lives of others. While I don't pretend, like so many others, to think that he personally had anything to do with it. He has spent more time trying to show everyone how much he is doing and how hard BP is trying to get this under control. He has spent more money on PR and trying to save face than he has given to those lives he has already destroyed. The only good thing that's going to come out of this is that BP will cease to exist before this is through. The blatant disregard for safety and people is what got him here and it is going to undo his company. Good luck finding a new company to drive into the ground!

    June 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dada

    Tony, you are a brit, so you can take this ( as you said earlier ). Now do this spend days with those coast guard lating out the boom and cleaning the oily birds. Can you ?

    June 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JennyTX

    So he's deeply sorry, but has he admitted that BP made serious errors in judgment and cut corners in safety? Has he promised that BP will never, ever make those horrible mistakes again?

    June 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed Toomey

    My tribute to the allowed/ accepted gushing of oil in the GOM.

    They paved paradise and set up a barren Gulf.
    A big boatel, an oil rig, just a blazing "hot spot".
    Don't it always seem to go, they just don't know what they got til it's gone!
    They paved paradise and set up a barren Gulf.
    They killed all the fish, hid em' so no one would see em'.
    And they charged BP billions and a half for a museum.
    Don't it always seem to go, they just don't know what they got til it's gone!
    They paved paradise and set up a barren Gulf.
    Hey Driller Driller, Put away that DDT now.... (Dawn Dispersant Tactic)
    Give me the sores on my mammals and leave me the shrimp and the grouper.
    Please!
    Don't it always seem to go, they just don't know what they got til it's gone!
    They paved paradise and set up a barren Gulf.
    Late last night we heard our President attempted door slam!
    Posturing, pontificating on his pedestal.
    To take away this bad BP incident.
    He said, "Don't it always seem to go, we just don't know what we got til it's gone!
    "We paved paradise and set up a barren Gulf"

    It's so sad that it has come to this, please stop the bleeding?
    Ed Toomey

    June 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob

    "little people"? The "little people" worked the decks, cooked the meals, kept things running, spent days and weeks in other than ideal conditions, and in quite a few instances gave their lives, all the while trying to make sure BP was a success. BP's success can be measured by their track record. Let that pompous A$$ shed his jets and suits and spend the rest of the summer living like "little people". They'll never get another cent from me.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      sub "small people" for "little people"

      June 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marvin

    I believe what you are telling us and we do forgive you because if we don't the Lord will not forgive us for our failures and our mistakes. I pray for you daily and hope you can stick in there. Most of the people don't really know what is going on but just love to spout off, they will do that in any situation. I wish they would just volunteer to come help instead of wishing for bad things to happen to anyone else. Don't give up.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Marvin, you are the only one on this board that is even worth replying to. There is so much hate and vitriol out there that it amazes me. I would guess that BP wishes they had never even heard of this well. A catastrophe of this magnitude was going to happen one day – it was never if but always when – and where. Regardless of some unfortunate statements in the throws of this mess, Mr. Hayward is taking responsibility fully for this mess. Give BP some room for crying out loud and everyone quit hating so much.

      June 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Marvin,
      I agree this was a big mistake and there are many many to blame and a few of them are throwing rocks also.
      Why were the safe guards not in place, I believe they were drilling in our waters !!!! .
      Its terrible but hate will not help.

      June 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baboo

      Hey Patty, you ignoramus, the word is "throes", not "throws". If you read (past tense, Patty, same spelling as present tense) anything about what led up to this leak, you would know that the BP execs' conduct leading to this and similar tragedies – anyone remember what happened in Texas? – is nothing short of criminal: their disregard, in particular, for human safety in the pursuit of ever-higher profits is abominable.

      And now we have apologists like you and Marvin calling us haters? Eff you and people like you. BTW, I'm a bleeding-heart liberal who voted for Obama.

      June 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Baboo

    An amendment to my prior comment...I would like to add Marvin to the BP execs in plugging the hole...I'm sure there's enough room.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Harry

    If you are so deeply sorry show us how sorry you are and commit seppuku you waste of space!

    June 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ron Paul IV

    How about the BP stock Hayward dropped, saving millions, shortly before the rig disaster occurred? Goldman Sachs also sold boat loads of BP stock, conveniently before the rig exploded, sending BP stock plummeting...in the process saving themselves millions as well.

    Which begs the question, what did they know and when did they know it?

    June 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    Many criminals apologize. And then they're sentenced. It should be no different for a corporation.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
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