Work on Relief Well Resumes as BP Mulls Hayward’s Exit
BP and US government oil spill response crews were relieved when Tropical Storm Bonnie petered out just after reaching Florida over the weekend. This allowed BP engineers to resume work today on the relief well, including a plans to attempt a “static kill” to plug the leak responsible for the worst oil spill in U.S. history. A previously positioned containment cap has prevented for the last nine days any more oil from spewing into the Gulf.
With the end of the oil spill in sight, rumors and conjectures about the future of BP CEO Tony Hayward are coming to the forefront. Although BP claims that its board is still supporting Hayward, it is likely that there will be an announcement today that Hayward will be resigning and will be replaced by BP US senior executive, Bob Dudley.
Dudley is a Mississippi native and, as such, is seen as the right choice for the public relations repair campaign BP is sure to mount once the oil spill is under control and clean up begins to show real progress. Dudley has also been directing the BP end of the oil spill clean-up efforts since June.