You might recall Obama’s words from yesterday:
“BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill,” Obama, with rain dripping from his face, said in Venice, a Gulf Coast community serving as a staging area for the response.
This despite not having all the evidence, despite the fact that we still don’t know what happened.
Yet now there’s this today from BP’s CEO:
Facing an unprecedented Gulf Coast environmental disaster, not to mention lawsuits, oil giant BP told NBC on Monday that while it was taking responsibility for cleaning up the giant undersea leak, the accident that triggered the disaster was not its fault.
“It wasn’t our accident, but we are absolutely responsible for the oil, for cleaning it up, and that’s what we intend to do,” BP Group CEO Tony Hayward told NBC’s “TODAY” show.
The rig that exploded on April 20 and then sank was run by another company, Transocean, he reminded viewers. That rig, he said, “was run by their people, their processes.”
Hayward added that the failure of the rig’s “blow-out preventer” — a device that should have shut off the well when the rig exploded and sank — was “unprecedented in our industry.”
“What has failed here is the ultimate safety device on a drilling rig,” he said. “There are many barriers of protection that you have to go to before you get to this. It isn’t designed to not fail.”
Guy Cantwell, a Transocean spokesman, responded by reading a statement without elaborating. “We will await all the facts before drawing conclusions and we will not speculate,” he said.
Perhaps it’s time for an oil rig summit over a beer. Transocean, BP and Obama, with Joe Biden joining in because he really doesn’t have much else to do.
That sort of thing sure did solve the problems created when Obama last jumped to conclusions absent any facts.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.