June 16th, 2010
05:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Hayward 'deeply sorry' for BP Gulf disaster

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(CNN) - The Gulf 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 entire opening statement

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. Augsbee

    Accidents happen in anything, disasters happen by man or nature, it is not the accident that he should regret but the lack of BP having a true plan of action in place.

    June 16, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. T

    People lets not questions this...... this is how he feels and no one knows what he is feeling but him and God . We know that BP is all about the monies, however cut them they will bleed. But it is their mess and they neeed to clean up their mess and turn the mess into a message.

    June 16, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    I absolutely believe what he is devastated by this event and not just because of the financial impact on BP. He knows there are things he might have done differently to avoid this disaster, but unfortunately he does not get a do-over and has to deal with this however it unfolds.
    Hopefully BP brings itself up to acceptable levels of industrial safety. There are many companies such as DuPont, Alcoa and others which have phenomenal safety programs built into their corporate cultures that would have stopped this sequence of events at several different points along the way. BP can get there too if they are serious.

    June 16, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    I am deeply sorry that the way the oil companies refine and sell their product I cannot be certain that I am not buying any petroleum product from BP. I hope that the oil slick reaches the UK so they can enjoy fowled beaches and ocean enviroments for decades also.

    June 16, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    I hope they are sincere. Time will tell.

    We should not bad-mouth the persons, but their practices – hope they find who was guilty of by-passing safety for profits. That's the crime, that's the criminal.

    June 16, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. thor

    Idon't know who is more insincere,Hayward or Obama.

    June 16, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. knucklehead61

    Does anyone care if he's sorry? Look at their track record. If there were justice, he would get a life sentence.

    June 16, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    And most Americans are DEEPlY SORRY that Barry OBozo is not leading our Nation regarding anything but higher Cap and Trade taxes and gas at 5 bucks a gallon! He's an Utterly gutless liberal politician and not much else.

    June 16, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Discernment


    While the President was doing a political imitation of Muhammad Ali's "Rope-a-Dope"; Liberal Democrats were having a "psycho-hissie fit" blaming Obama for being too weak on BP.

    President walks into a 20-minute meeting with BP and walks out with:
    (1.) – $200,000,000,000.00 (Billion) with "No Cap" from BP;
    (2.) – $100,000,000.00 (Million) for out-of-work oil riggers impacted by BP catastrophe;
    (3.) – Removal of BP from the claims process because they will drag the process;
    (4.) – A public apology from BP to the nation from the steps of the White House.

    INDEPENDENTS LOVE YOU PRESIDENT, even when Liberal Democrats turn their backs on you and when Republican-GOP lie on you.

    June 16, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. deeply sorry?

    took you 60 days to say you will pay for it and that you are sorry

    you are trully a sorry bunch of creeps

    June 16, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. dennis

    Ok, I am NOT one of those who want to "lynch" BP or CEO Hayward! The Oil & Gas Industry is being targeted by Obama Administration who is using this terrible incedent to destroy the petroleum industry. Like it or not, the petroleum industry is the bedrock of our country. Many good and honorable people work hard to provide energy to make our lives better, fuel manufacturing plants, keep our homes warm and comfortable, provide the clothes we wear on our bodies and feet, provide transportation, allow our hospitals to operate on people and the medicine we take, and I could go on to cover many more aspects of our lives which we could not get along without oil & gas. So, all of you people who don't like oil, why don't you do something to provide an equal or better alternative? But, no, you don't have any good alternative, and you are light years away from any alternative. Call Al Gore and move in with him!

    June 16, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    Too bad this pompus a hole didn't feel that way when his company was cutting corners to increase it's profit margin! All crooks seem to be sorry and run to God whenever they get caught!........No news here!..........NEXT!!!

    June 16, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. A.B.

    Mr. Hayward is not half as sorry as he will be if the oil leak is not stemed and the mess cleaned up. Many people's livelyhoods and lives are ruined. The natural environment down there is ruined. Many people have lost their lives due to BP's negligence and greed. BP is the most hated company in the world right now. I am suprised that no one has not tried to kill Hayward yet!! After all, he is the face of BP. If Mr. Hayward knows what's good for him, he will leave Louisiana and the United States and not return. Allocating $20 million dollars into an escrow fund account for reinbursement is the least BP can do. BP did it at the insistance and direction of the federal government. We have President Obama and not BP to thank for the escrow fund.

    June 16, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. librarian

    Don't try to make my cry Mr. Hayward, I don't care a bit if you get your golden life back.

    June 16, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    I find it easier to trust a rattle snake than trust this lying fool. He and his "Small People" Boss need to go back to Britain.

    June 16, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Leslie

    Hayward is only sorry because he can't get on with his greedy life!!!

    June 16, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    He's deeply sorry he got caught! he's sorry his slipshod approach to safety ended up in the inevitable disaster cutting corners causes when you're engaged in something this dangerous. he and his company should be charged with criminally neglegent homicide in the deaths of the 11 crew members who died. this company knew they were totally disregarding safety, they've been doing it for years. it finally bit them in the ass! that's what he's sorry about. he wants his life back? he should get life!

    June 16, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. John

    We'll know he's really sorry when he fires the executives that allowed this disaster to happen by drilling on the cheap!

    Oh, that might be him?

    June 16, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. Don

    Mr. Hawyard, your actions in the coming months and years will speak much louder than any words you may say. Stand up and do the right thing for the Gulf region. Your corporation caused this mess, now we expect you to do the right thing and clean it up. The $20 B fund was a good first step.

    June 16, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |

    If they were sorry why are they being called by the BP CEO and Mister Illegal President as, "little people". That term alone shows you that these two big shots are not concerned over the people on the coast losing their automobiles, homes, fishing boats and etc. Must less paying them damages that are long lasting. This is not and act of nature that happened to them. This is an act of NITWITS.

    June 16, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |