St. Pete Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman on the BP oil disaster

07/27/10 Robert Lorei
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BP's outgoing Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said today that the Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster represents a failure for the entire deep water oil and gas drilling industry, not just for BP alone.

Hayward told investment professionals in a web cast (and quoted by CNN), "The industry needs to re-evaluate safety". His comments came after the BP board announced it would replace him October 1 with Robert Dudley, the head of the company's U.S. Gulf cleanup effort.

BP claims that it alone does not deserve all the blame for the April 20 accident and its aftermath, and it intends to pursue legal action to have drilling partners share in the cost of containment and cleanup. Those partners include Transocean, which operated the rig; Cameron, which built the blowout preventer that failed to shut down the well; and Halliburton, which cemented the oil drill into place underwater.

We're joined by Craig Pittman, who covers the environment for the St. Petersburg Times and has written many stories about the oil disaster.

Craig is the author of two previous books:

PAVING PARADISE: FLORIDA'S VANISHING WETLANDS AND THE FAILURE OF NO NET LOSS by Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite: http://www.pavingparadise.org

MANATEE INSANITY: INSIDE THE WAR OVER FLORIDA'S MOST FAMOUS ENDANGERED SPECIES by Craig Pittman http://www.manateeinsanity.com

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