Tony HaywardTony Hayward, former CEO of BP (BP) said the company was unprepared for the Gulf oil spill and the media attention that went with it. In an interview with BBC News to be broadcast today, Hayward said BP's emergency planning was lacking, and the company was "making it up day to day".

"What was going on was some extraordinary engineering," Hayward said, according to The Associated Press. "But when it was played out in the full glare of the media as it was, of course it looked like fumbling and incompetence."

The explosion of an oil rig on April 20 killed 11 workers and left crude oil spewing from a BP well into the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spewed for months, fouling beaches and killing wildlife in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Hayward drew intense criticism for repeated media blunders, such as saying "I want my life back" and taking part in a U.K. yacht race during the crisis. He later resigned his position at BP.

In the BBC interview, Hayward said he was "pretty angry" at the personal attacks. "If I had done a degree at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) rather than a degree in geology, I may have done better, but I'm not certain it would've changed the outcome," he said.

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dwuzze

Thats OK Tony .... the repubs are going to put Barton from Texas in the oil committee so he can apologize to you Brits .... after all, whats a little oil in our Gulf ... and why should an oil company "needlessly" plan for such a disaster when you can dump the problem on the US government and the Gulf residents

November 09 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moonpie

Why didn't the Republicans in Congress allow BP execs to be put under oath during the oil spill investigation? Simple- the oil companies own the Republicans in Congress. They are in BIG OIL's pocket.

November 09 2010 at 10:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

Sorry about the multiple posts - not of my doing

November 09 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

With a tax at 8 cents/barrel and liability limits, don't expect any big improvements. Especially now that Republicans gained a House majority. We can expect their taxes to go lower and deregulations to increase. Bye, bye, us.

November 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

With a tax at 8 cents/barrel and liability limits, don't expect any big improvements. Especially now that Republicans gained a House majority. We can expect their taxes to go lower and deregulations to increase. Bye, bye, us.

November 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

With a tax at 8 cents/barrel and liability limits, don't expect any big improvements. Especially now that Republicans gained a House majority. We can expect their taxes to go lower and deregulations to increase. Bye, bye, us.

November 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

With a tax at 8 cents/barrel and liability limits, don't expect any big improvements. Especially now that Republicans gained a House majority. We can expect their taxes to go lower and deregulations to increase. Bye, bye, us.

November 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

With a tax at 8 cents/barrel and liability limits, don't expect any big improvements. Especially now that Republicans gained a House majority. We can expect their taxes to go lower and deregulations to increase. Bye, bye, us.

November 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

With a tax at 8 cents/barrel and liability limits, don't expect any big improvements. Especially now that Republicans gained a House majority. We can expect their taxes to go lower and deregulations to increase. Bye, bye, us.

November 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

With a tax at 8 cents/barrel and liability limits, don't expect any big improvements. Especially now that Republicans gained a House majority. We can expect their taxes to go lower and deregulations to increase. Bye, bye, us.

November 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply