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BP chief apologizes for "I'd like my life back" comment

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Under-fire BP chief executive Tony Hayward issued an apology Wednesday for saying in an interview that he would "like my life back," as a massive oil spill wreaks devastation along the Gulf coast.

"I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment on Sunday when I said that 'I wanted my life back,'" Hayward said in a post to BP America's Facebook page.

"When I read that recently, I was appalled. I apologize, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident," he said.

Eleven rig workers aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling platform were killed when it exploded on April 20, sinking two days later into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, according to government estimates, at least 20 million gallons have leaked into the waters.

Despite BP's efforts to cap the flow, thick crude continues to ooze into the Gulf of Mexico's fragile wetlands and once-pristine tourist beaches, killing wildlife and their habitats and destroying the local fishing and tourism-based economy.

"Those words don't represent how I feel about this tragedy, and certainly don't represent the hearts of the people of BP -- many of whom live and work in the Gulf -- who are doing everything they can to make things right," Hayward said in the post.

"My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families -- to restore their lives, not mine."

In an interview with NBC on Sunday, Hayward had begun to offer an apology to Gulf residents "for the massive disruption it's caused to their lives."

He continued: "There's no one who wants this thing over more than I do, I'd like my life back."

The environmental disaster -- the worst in US history -- has badly damaged BP's reputation, with its shares sliding 2.13 percent Wednesday a day after plunging 13 percent, wiping 17.6 billion dollars off its market value.

He really should have picked his words better than he did in this interview. But with all the stress him and others are dealing with from this crises, I'm not going to fault him, especially since he apologized for the stupid remark. 11 workers did lose their lives afterall...

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Jun 3 @ 9:36AM  
"I'd like my life back"

I heard some sea birds, fish, other oceanic wildlife, shrimpers, fisherman, and some dead guys on the rig say the same thing.

What a dumb ass, dick. It really is amazing what some "C"s in the G2K can spout off with.

Jun 3 @ 9:56AM  
The oil spill is an awful disaster that is going to have a major impact on the Gulf for years to come. All are under stress right now, and are bound to say something totally stupid and uncaring. Was he wrong? Yes. He really should have chosen his words carefully. Is his apology sincere? I hope so.


Jun 3 @ 4:12PM  
On the bright side, the LAMEstream media has not blamed Bush too much for this one.
Although, after 45 days, you'd think Obama would put a fire under someones arse to get the flow slowed... At least he ain't 'bowed' to BP (much).

From the kinfolk I've heard, many that live on the Louisiana coast would like to fire Obama.

Jun 3 @ 4:23PM  
you'd think Obama would put a fire under someones arse to get the flow slowed...

Now what is federal government able to do, regardless of which party was in office? Let me explain with an example.

When the war with Iraq broke out and Saddam was getting his ass kicked, he torched all of the Iraqi oil wells. The military and the US government did not have the expertise to deal with this, but the private sector did. The civilian contractors took care of business and solved the problem.

The contractor that got the job done, and done well, Halliburton. Yes, the very same Halliburton that along with BP and Transocean make up the three companies involved in this mess that are pointing fingers at each other.

Jun 3 @ 5:32PM  
Wants his life back? I am all for throwing the CEO of all three companies in the middle of that oil slick and see how they like the mess they made.

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