Exclusive: BP CEO Tony Hayward on ‘Nightline’

By David Schoetz

May 24, 2010 9:26pm

Tonight, we'll have a report from Jeffrey Kofman in the Gulf of Mexico that includes his exclusive interview with embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward. So far, 65 miles of shoreline have been affected, and a slick as big as Maryland and Delaware combined is looming out at sea. Compounding the fears of everyone is BP's inability to stop the gushing. "I'm gutted," the British petroleum boss said, touring the beach at Port Fourchon. "I'm absolutely devastated. Something we fought really hard not to happen." Of course, this is a different tune from Hayward, who on May 14 told The Guardian newspaper, "The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume." Meanwhile, the White House continues to emphasize that the federal government is on the case, pledging to make sure the BP response is adequate. Some, however, say it's time for the government to go a step further — and take the reigns completely. ——————- UPDATE: Here is our report, "BP: Facing the Music." For those talking about villains in this environmental disaster, Tony Hayward in clearly near the center of the firestorm.

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