The Many Faces of Tony Hayward CEO of British Petroleum
Not many in the United States had heard of Tony Hayward until the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon, and the subsequent oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico which occurred on April 20, 2010. That day will go down in history as one of the most infamous assaults by man on nature that has ever occurred. I would compare this with the event of the Chernobyl catastrophe that occurred in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. We won’t know the full extent of the damage that has been done for years to come, and the disaster gets worse each day that oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico.
Tony Hayward’s name will also go down in the history books as the one in charge of getting the mess cleaned up in the Gulf of Mexico. The longer the oil spill continues, the less favorable history will portray Mr. Hayward. The first time we saw Tony Hayward’s face was on the news. He looked like a smiling rather cocky kind of a fellow who downplayed the seriousness of the situation.
It’s really kind of remarkable that, on May 17, 2010, Tony Hayward said that the environmental impact on the Gulf would be, “very very modest”. How could he make such an assessment when the oil spill had not been stopped?
Mr. Hayward has made a lot of statements throughout the ongoing tragedy that has been occurring in the Gulf of Mexico. We have seen many sides to this man. Starting with his flippant reactions to the press in the beginning, to his concerned marketing commercials, and his serious posture with the members of a House of Representatives committee.
A situation such as what occurred in the Gulf of Mexico can never be underestimated, downplayed, or made light of. These are all mistakes that Mr. Hayward has made. These mistakes have been made at the expense of the American people.
As the oil continues to spew out into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s understandable that Mr. Hayward said, “I'd like my life back”. We would also like to have life back the way it was for the States, people, and wild life that are being affected by this massive oil disaster. How much longer are we going to have to wait for that?
BP announced on June, 18 2010 that they were turning over the oil spill cleanup efforts to Robert Dudley who is an American citizen. Let’s hope that Mr. Dudley will have better success in handling this major disaster in the Gulf.