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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Weeks after oil began spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, BP does not know whether its efforts to stop the flow will soon succeed, its CEO will testify Thursday."]

BP working, but cannot guarantee outcome, CEO says

(CNN) – Eight weeks after an explosion uncorked a massive oil spill into the Gulf, BP does not know whether its efforts to stanch the flow will soon succeed, its CEO plans to testify Thursday.

"We cannot guarantee the outcome of these operations, but we are working around the clock with the best experts from government and industry," Tony Hayward says in prepared testimony to be delivered before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

"The explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico never should have happened - and I am deeply sorry that they did," he says in his prepared remarks.

"None of us yet knows why it happened. But whatever the cause, we at BP will do what we can to make certain that an incident like this does not happen again." Read more

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  1. michael erickson

    If OSHA is onboard and out and about, then why have we not heard a peep from FEMA?? Oh ya...their track record is too good in those parts huh? They would have to have an armed escort now that I think of it....

    June 18, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  2. michael erickson

    WOW is an understatement at yesterday's Joe Barton's offensive personal remarks is a disgrace to the proceedings. His remarks that he is ashamed to live in the US saying the White House hi-jacked the $20 million to protect us from BP. I SUGGEST THAT MR. BARTON DO JUST THAT RESIGN AND MOVE TO WHATEVER COUNTRY HE CHOOSES. His remarks are shamefull. As for claiming his remarks were personal rather than political is a farce!

    June 18, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  3. ronvan

    Opps! Although I totally agree that BP is the responsible company lets not forget the others involved! IF it is found that they provided sub standard equipment then they also need to "pony up" with $$$. Also it appears that BP at least has committed to providing the $$$ to help with this disaster. I wonder how many others would have just quoted the laws and paid less? And for these hearings: What a complete waste of time and $$$. This is only a TV appearance for our "elected children". Do you really think that T. Hayword is going to say or admit that his company did anything wrong? And for this "one complete idiot" who said he was sorry that BP was "forced" to put money into a fund. he should be investigated immediately to see how much $$$ he has taken from the oil companies!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  4. ronvan

    Although I agree totally that BP

    June 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  5. dukebluedevil47

    Tony Hayward is smug and let's face it. He's been in front of a committee before for this very reason – just happened in Alaska THAT time. He's getting a slap on the wrist – AGAIN

    June 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  6. Larry

    It's not possible to do better than to paraphrase the recent words of two apparently significant people: The chief executives of BP are DEVASTATINGLY SORRY SMALL PEOPLE who are best categorized as sociopaths in suits.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  7. Larry

    t's not possible to do better than to paraphrase the recent words of two apparently significant people: The chief executives of BP are devastatingly sorry small people who are best categorized as sociopaths in suits.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  8. James D Hawkins

    Stop Burning the oil and screwing up our air quality! Scim the oil, add more scimmers, the navy, port ops all over the U.S. have 100's of scimmers! I am embarrassed to be an American, we seem to be so STUPID on how to handle our own screw-ups. The Congress and the MMS have screwed this up and continue to be so STUPID as to allow the air and water to get more and more fouled up for all the earth's inhabiutates. STOP making this Gulf Oil Spill worse be BURNING THE OIL. I cannot type the words I wouldlike due to CNN Restrictions, but rest assured I (and many other citizens) I have plenty to say, foul or otherwise.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  9. Peter Shoneye

    Listen , I am very angry at the morons who think that the moratorium will put people out of jobs and for you who are on this morning show, please stop kissing up when you broadcast on this issue. You know as well as I know that if the drilling continues or in a month if the panel overlooking the safety of the drilling from now ever approve any of this drill sooner as you and the morons have suggested and the same accident happened, guess who is at fault again the panel and up the ladder, the President for not waiting to make sure the drilling are safe. Do you want safety of lives or you want more bodybags and more spills which will eventually destroy your lives and many more?

    I hope the drilling is closed until this spill is actually cleaned up. If you loose your job, go get another job like everyone else and stop being unreasonable and put everyone's safety first.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  10. Roger House

    There seems to be a conflicting message from American Morning.
    Largest Disaster in US history. Let's drill more. Sheesh. You can't have it both ways. As far as people involved in the Oil Industry losing their jobs, so what. Find another line of work. Many people in this country have lost their jobs; Some of us still can't find work. So we're expected to have sympathy for an industry that has time and time again ruined our environment whilst raking in huge profits? This isn't the first Gulf disaster, nor is it the first oil rig to go kablooey, so why should the rest of America feel sorry for those who are finally reaping what they've sown.The time has come for everyone to Wake Up and stop our dependency on Fossil Fuel.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  11. Lee

    Who was that person with Kieran? I just heard him say, in defense of the oil industry, that when an airplane crashes, they don't shut down the entire industry. Does he really think we are that stupid? Lots of differences in the industries. First and foremost, the airline industry spends a lot more money to maintain the aircraft, train the personnel, and constantly strive to keep the passengers safe. The airline industry has a regulatory groups with a lot more backbone and a lot less entanglement watching them. As recent corporate takeovers and failures prove, it is not as immensely profitable as the oil industry. I believe I heard at the hearings that the oil industry spends less than 1/10 of 1 per cent on safety. Were that an airplane, I most assuredly would not be boarding it to go anywhere. What really makes me angry is how they are trying to hide the fact that their carelessnes, their greed, their ignoring safety regulations, and heaven knows what else has cost the lives of at least 26 people (15 at the refinery, 11 on Deep Ocean). Then we start to look at the environmental disaster underway. Why wouldn't we want to shut down the oil rigs. The 5 major oil companies all agree that they haven't the know-how, the manpower, the resources to handle any spill, let alone one this huge. Can't say that about the airline industry!

    June 17, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  12. Al Fiche

    You have the wrong stories posted on AM/FIX as your headliners for comment. The headliners should be CNN's totally awesome original reporting. As far as I am concerned, CNN has turned the news world on its head by sending out direct reporters to cover stories in hotbed news areas like the gulf. Stories like John Robert's in the gulf, and Ali Velshi's today on fire boom use, and Anderson Cooper's on cleaing the Pelican's not only feed our curiosity, but reveal the really important underlying dynamics of what is going on in the Gulf. Normally, we go to topflight newspapers for original reporting like this. CNN has trumped that expectation by supply originally information from top-flight CNN reporters on the scene. You are telling us what it is all about better than anyone else in the industry. Thanks!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  13. Pauly

    This kind of event has happened before & it will happen again!!! In fact, all you need to do is look at the other side of the Gulf & the Ixtoc 1 leak!!! Or for a more recent example, a rig exploded off the Australian coast last year!!!

    If nothing else. the moratorium will protect a disaster from occuring during this hurricane season. At least as far as exploratory rigs are concerned. What would the damage be if a hurricane otr tropical storm damaged one of these rigs while this leak is still gushing?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  14. nell

    congress and the president need to be concerned about the oil. it is the real enemy. i am sick of all the bp bashing. that is not going to clean up the oil. they need to be concerned about the coast guard's inept job of cleaning up the oil. everytime the louisiana people make some progress the red tape of the government comes in and stops the progress. congress and the president can bash bp when the main enemy is cleaned up. please cut through the red tape for the real workers that are really trying to clean up the oil.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  15. chuck

    Sorry but if i were Tony hayward and i heard the congressman say they were going to slice and dice him, I AM THE TYPE TO TELL CONGRESS TO TAKE A FLYING LEAP!! LOOK BP or Tony Hayward have been on the front lines of this and not once have I heard that they would cut and run all i have seen is the news people making more of something then needs to be made, Why do you guys think you need to run down this guy who looks to me like he is doing what it takes, now what happened on the rig it self as far as i have heard has not been found out for sure. hey before we scare BP off why dont we let them do what needs to be done then fight with them about the way they ran that rig, Sorry again but you get what you reep and we wanted it , Oil just like it was coming out the gas pumps with no chance to hurt our coast . Well we got it and now we pay dearly for it now stop whineing and let everyone do their job. Get off the gravy train and help and tell your goverment to get on with clean,green energy and then we can tell the oil companys to ________ off!!!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  16. Stephanie

    So all the politicians will perform political theatre by competing to "tear a strip off Hayward" which will accomplish what?? Once again showing Americans as revengeful hypocrites who remained silent as their own companies went into third world countries and wrecked havoc on their environments. Why not a special, as the BBC has done, in what the Nigerians live with every day? And to sum this up as corrupt gov'ts in these countries I suggest the same politicians look in the mirror to the "bribes" they took and continue to take for their campaign coffers.

    These are some of the same politicians who passed watered down legislation to oil companies !! CNN's coverage of this spill is so one sided it borders on media propaganda.

    I totally agree with Pauly's assessement. Cooper keeps having the same people on over and over never providing the flip side of the argument:

    Instead of pushing Honore, perhaps you could also broadcast that the military has said time and time again that they do not have the man power nor the expertise needed. You also overlook that the president has 17 000 military people waiting for the state gov'ts wishes.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  17. Valerie Pressley

    Is Tony Hayward really sorry? Want to know how to make sure this never happens again? Make him and all the others responsible within BP for the cost-cutting measures that led to this disaster go to the Gulf and trade their salaries for a job cleaning birds! They can go back to their jobs after the mess has been cleaned up. Let the punishment fit the crime, I say. Most times, wealthy executives get their hands slapped and life goes on as usual. Take away their money and I'll bet no one ever does THIS again!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  18. Randall of Texas

    I am highly rascist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I keep finding myself pulling for the Human Race...


    June 17, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  19. Karen

    We need all our money and people here for our tragedy not in countries that hate us and will always hate us.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  20. Jane - WI

    Great point made by someone on this blog....where is the head of FEMA and who is it? The response to this leak and the clean up efforts by our government are quite unorganized and appear very chaotic.
    Where is the coordination between all the different agencies? I heard on the news that there are 14 different agencies involved in this effort. Who is coordinating them?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  21. mike

    The disaster is horrible enough wining,you all drive cars you wanted offshore rigs if bp goes bankrupt who cleans up. If only the gulf wildlife had a vote before the spill.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  22. Karen

    While BP should be held accountable I still would like to know what is going to be done to the investigators that took gifts and didn't report what they should have. They should be fired and held accountable too. And given stiff fines and/or jail time for their part in this. It should be shown that this will not be tolerated and will be given all the fines and/or jail time that is allowed. It should be part of the investigators contract that this is what will happen if caught.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  23. Jane - WI

    Why do the oil companies need to invest their money in finding alternative ways to fuel our cars? If there is money to be made in coming up with some such alternative, there are plenty of entrepreneurs out there that would get a big payday if they found one. If that is how the oil companies choose to invest their money, that is great. No one should be telling them they have to, though.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  24. Jane - WI

    Why do we need to hear another apology from BP? All I keep hearing in the media is that the CEO and Chairman of the company "need to apologize". They have done so over and over. How many times do they need to do so before the media will be satisfied?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  25. Pauly

    Once again CNN interviews Billy. This guy has made the rounds on every media outlet. He has all the answers according to all the hours he has spent on news shows. Those hours would certainly fill a couple of days. Yet, I have yet to see him w/ a drop of oil on him or his clothes.

    He & Gov Jindal spent hours upon hours calling for berms to be built. These would protect the shores. They are getting their way but there are many scientists, ecologists & environmentalists who believe the berms will cause more damage in the long run. No one could weigh the benefits against the harm because these pols were using the media to push for them. I'll bet they won't get near a camera if & when the damage caused by these berms become known. The media hasn't been concerned w/ the other side of this story.

    Just as when they were pushing for the nuclear option. John Roberts was still pushing this even after his expert told him that such an explosion would take 6-12 months to set up! Never mind the damage that filling the Gulf w/ radiation would cause. I remember when the media was pushing for Navy subs & divers go down there & fix the leak. Never mind that neither can go that deep because of the enormous pressure.

    Instead of the media building up Americans' hopes w/ the top kill, junk shots, caps, etc, they should have been reporting that all these failed in much shallower water. People have been calling for skimming & burning of the oil because the media was lax in reporting that they have been doing this since shortly after the explosion. The media stood on beaches trying to predict the arrival of oil. In fact, they are still waiting in some places!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  26. Agent Mulder


    No time to toot your horn like the present!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  27. Bobbi Lee Justice

    It is understandable why President Obama cannot spend 24 hrs a day on site in the Gulf, but can somebody please tell me why the second in command, and Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden is running around South Africa and not in the Gulf running a command center and organizing the clean-up effort in the Presidents absence? Seems to me if the first in command cannot be there then his Vice-President should be instead, isn't that his job?

    June 17, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  28. Pauly

    The media is demanding more & more access to everything & everyone. They claim the public has a right to know. Actually, most of us knew what was happening, is happening & will happen since shortly after the spill. History & the experts showed that the only solution was going to be the relief wells.

    We knew that the oil would be devastating to local industries, wildlife & the shores. If we didn't know what globs of oil looked like before, we certainly know now. How many hours of news has had a reporter holding a stick or paper cup w/ oil? What do you think is so interesting about your "live feed"?

    Let those who are trying to stop the leak & clean up the oil do their jobs!!! When they have to hold news conferences all the time, it takes time away from finding a solution. When the media constantly airs "experts" on what should be done, it gives the public the idea that the real experts aren't doing their jobs. The govt has top scientists, engineers & others working to fix the problem.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  29. Randall of Texas

    Pauly very good and remember it is the liberterian style economics that just caused the Wall Street bailout... the book out in November...most books are written at the 8th grade readership level and 3 weeks ago we ran the book through the evaluation program and it yielded the 12 grade readerhip level but never you worry as the book is all inclusive right down to the new born and those that can't read...

    June 17, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  30. Norma Jones

    Major Honoree really is the man for the job and he can do the job!
    It's time for the President to give him a call.!
    Your interview was with a plan, he's cool !

    June 17, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  31. Keith

    I think it's a good idea to have BP set aside 20 billion in a fund to help those affected. I don't know if it's true, but I heard the gov't and BP will not be in charge of the fund. The person that will manage the fund will be some guy named Madoff.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  32. Pauly

    So far, the GOP has been very successful in diverting the criticism towards the federal govt. Yeah, the same one they were saying they wanted out of their lives before the spill. just the other day, more money was allocated to the Coast Guard to fight this spill w/o much of a whimper. What happened to 'we don't have the money, the deficits too big, etc"?

    Whenever a mayor, parish president or almost anyone else talks about relief, they talk about the federal govt. Why aren't they seeking help from their Governors? The same Governors who are denouncing the moratorium & federal response. Conspicuously missing from the beaches are first responders. Where are the police, firefighters, state emergency response teams, etc?

    The local & state govts can be doing a lot more than holding press conferences to complain & criticize. It's ridiculous when a local politician is complaining they haven't received tractors from the fed govt to clean up their beaches. Don't they have municipal & state vehicles to use on their beaches?

    June 17, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  33. Randall of Texas

    Do you those type words excite the elitist wives and daughters, sliced and diced and take his hide off being delivered by guys in $300 dollar suit and ties setting in air condition? Is this some sort of status quo game you play? Using words that relay a really rough battle weary bunch of bought off Senators and Representatives to make their constituents believe they are really big men?

    America where it is of the people, by the party and for the special interest...

    June 17, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  34. Gary Jenkins

    Do we have a FEMA Director?...if so, what is his or her name? Why do we never even hear the name? Why do we not hear very much about Interior Secretary Wackyzar?...I've heard that the Energy Secretary is a nobel prize winner a few times, but what is he doing about the oil disaster? Please bring back "Brownie"!

    June 17, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  35. Diana Hiott

    Retired Lt. Gen Russell Honore knows how to "kick ass" and the coast would be wonderfully protected with his enthusiasm and love for our southern coast.

    Instead of competeing with the specialists like Russell Honore, Kiran Chetry should just ask an open ended question and quit trying to box the guest into trying to determine which of her answers apply.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:02 am |
  36. Randall of Texas

    James Baker, the legendary corrupt friend of Fran Townsend placed over the investigation of BP's explosion of it's Texas plan that killed 15 is like sending the fox to guard the hen house. Senior partner of Baker & Botts of Houston is a Bush crony. His law firm bathes in oil and I'll bet you $5 he knew that deregulation of oil industry offshore removal of acoustic sensors from drilling rigs in American waters.
    Oil was discovered in 1901 near Houston, creating dozens of oil companies and oil service companies that relied on Baker Botts as their legal mainstay. These included Humble Oil (the predecessor of Exxon), Gulf Oil (later merged into Chevron), Texas Co. (later Texaco), Howard Hughes' drill bit company (now Baker Hughes), and many, many more.

    ...and it just gets sicker with the jet setters filthy air pollution polluting the atmosphere!

    June 17, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  37. Bob in Houston

    President Obama‘s statements were not anti-British. The English people are concerned about the effect the oil is having on the Gulf Coast community; we both want the oil to stop gushing.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  38. Chris

    59 days and counting, For 59 days oil has been leaking in the gulf with only 2 attempts to contain not stop the leak with no success. If the blow off valve did work the oil would have stopped, It looks like BP just want to get the oil out even if its 20%. I have seen good idea online and from friends which may work and ever if BP were to try 1 new attempt per day the world would see that they are at lease trying or making an attempt to get it under control.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  39. Erin Defieux

    why have you replaced john roberts this am with someone so incredibly unsuitable? he is flippantly arrogant....and in only a couple of minutes has dismissed oprah winfrey's positive comments about our president...because they are friends? as if a friend could not be critical or ......HONEST? that's a very revealing attitutude. and then, this fill in person knows all about what happened with american airlines charging a soldier for his baggage .......because ???? he has been in an airport?
    if you wonder why cnn does so poorly in ratngs, here's a good example. this fellow is offensive. who hires your people?

    June 17, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  40. Amanda

    I wonder how many of our military are being charged these extra fees by the Airlines. American Airlines did the same thing to my son traveling on orders to Korea. His fee was finally waived but after much headache and frustration – how many of them just go ahead a pay it? I don't really understand why our military is flying commercial in the first place. I must mention that the extra fee was $275 in my son's case – that is just ridiculous in the first place.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  41. Pauly

    Since the leak began, has BP made political contributions to any elected officials in the local, state or federal govt? I think the media should do some investigative reporting. Despite this disaster, many are calling for an end to the moratorium & for more drilling. How much have these lawmakers received from big oil? I don't buy their argument that they are worried about job losses. Another incident, especially while this one is ongoing, would cause more job losses than preventing 33 exploratory rigs from drilling. especially when some of these lawmakers have blocked all attempts at raising the liability cap. What would have happened if BP"s lawyers said we will pay out the $75 million & not a penny more?

    June 17, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  42. TimeYouSpeakUp

    I am trying to understand how and why there is such a lack of organization from people who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly to make sure that there are plans in place from the smallest to the largest disaster seniors. It is painfully obvious that they are not doing their jobs. This being the case, how and why are they still in the positions they hold and being paid the big bucks for a job they are not doing?

    June 17, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  43. Cynthia Barbieri

    How dare your anchor say he has senn the airlines treat military people rather well, and cast negativity towards the soldier going back to war. My daughter is in the military and many times we have had flights canceled, rerouted, sat in airlines, wound up taking alternative means of transportation. They have to travel in uniform, therefore no one has ever asked us for her orders, it is a given a soldier can only travel in uniform under orders. The man is foolish and disrectal, send him on assignment in Afghanistan, up in the mountains where the FOBs are protecting many countries, he does not deserve to be a fill in anchor... I am truly pissed and ashamed that this would be transmitted.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  44. Travis

    Hey, what the lastest on the little boy

    June 17, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  45. Hugh

    When your way of life destroys the gulf don't you think it’s time to find a new way of making money. Its a shame that the business you work for is dishonest but to continue to drill in deep water when it is obvious they can't deal with this problem makes no sense.
    Take that money that BP is giving and start re-educating and start looking at what businesses are willing to move in open up shop and train and hire these people who need employment.
    If you put your hand in a fire and got burned do you put your hand back in the fire or learn from that lesson
    I love to have a big truck drive around and trailer my play toys can’t had to purchase something economical and fuel efficient
    I love to fish and I am watching it get destroyed by a company who had waivers to allow them to drill without the proper safety equipment both tested and working
    We need to move forward to the future maybe a better place for our kids by putting in place incentives for business to move into the area to train and hire these un-employed people.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  46. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    BP and all big oil companies should put most of their profits to find a different way to power our cars and heat our homes to get off our need for oil. They aught to become co-partners with car companies to build cars that do not use oil and heating companies that only use solar energy and find a better way to run big industry! If they do not then they should be taxed more to cover the cost to get these things done! All the oil companies have done is ruin our planet! Our ozone is depleting rapidly and we have spills that have ecological disasters that effect peoples lives for decades! Mr. President it is time for change!

    June 17, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  47. ndakotsu

    He did well by apologizing. He should be careful in making comments early and learn to be empathetic when events like this happen even at early stages.
    Top executives should cut their pay and not allow only shareholders pay for their recklessness.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:08 am |