BP's Tony Hayward: A month in quotes



Was it really only a month ago that few of us knew the name 'Tony Hayward'? The chief executive of BP has become a household name (and face) here on the Gulf Coast, and a quote-worthy one at that. He may not be quite as quotable as Michael "Brownie" Brown yet, but the BP gusher's still gushing...


April 30:

"What the hell did we do to deserve this?"

May 3:

"This is not our accident, but it's our responsibility."

May 14:

"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume."

May 18:

"I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest. It is impossible to say and we will mount, as part of the aftermath, a very detailed environmental assessment but everything we can see at the moment suggests that the overall environmental impact will be very, very modest."

May 18:

"I do feel that we have, for the first time, turned the corner in this challenge."

May 25:

"I think this is clearly a major reputational issue for BP."

May 26:

"The operation is proceeding as we planned it."

BONUS QUOTE! From U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, May 23:

"I trust Tony Hayward. When I talk to him, I get an answer."

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