BP chief executive Bob Dudley on Tuesday said the company was “a little bit saddened” by the Hollywood film released this year over the 2010 disaster on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, arguing it had done everything to win back trust.
The explosion in 2010 on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 men off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, causing 134 million gallons (507 million litres) of oil to spew into the sea in a major environmental disaster.
Speaking at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul, Bob Dudley confirmed that the company had spent over $61 billion “to restore trust” in paying off liabilities after the accident.
“We have been focused on earning back trust,” he said.
But Dudley praised the management team he put together from 2010 after taking over from Tony Hayward in the wake of the Deepwater tragedy to deal with the aftermath of the crisis.
“The accident shook the company to the core,” he said.
The film Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson and released in the US in September, shows how two workers on the oil rig help rescue their co-workers as families deal with the impact of the disaster back home.
“They (the management staff) have seen the movie, they are a little bid saddened by it,” Dudley said, adding that the film took sides by painting a picture of “heroes and villains”.
“That is not how it is real life,” said Dudley.
“We have had to restore trust day by day by delivering safe, reliable operations, and looking more widely,” said Dudley, noting that BP had to sell off a third of the company to meet its obligations after Deepwater.
But he also acknowledged “there is a longstanding issue of trust in the oil and gas industry” and “our industry has a real image problem in some countries”.
Dudley said the energy industry should be “proud of the service we deliver to the world” as it manages a “great transition” to keep meeting demand while fulfilling climate change commitments.
‘I think he went crazy’: Trial lawyer reveals ‘no one can explain’ Rudy Giuliani
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is already under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors. Yet, Giuliani maintains that he will prevail as the ultimate hero of the story.
In a Sunday panel discussion, two top legal minds, NYU Professor Melissa Murray and notorious trial lawyer Steve Sussman discussed the strange pivot made by the mayor.
"I think he went crazy," Sussman said of Giuliani's evolution over the years. "I know people used to respect him. He was America's Mayor. And I think -- my theory is that when men get to be over 75 or 75, they do crazy -- they're in fear of becoming irrelevant. His was he's not going to be on any more afternoon talk shows. He was not going to be important anymore. So, you're looking for a way: how can you become relevant? And he became, I say, -- Trump talks about a deep state. There is a shadow state. He was a shadow Secretary of State, Rudy. We have a shadow attorney general. We have a lot of -- maybe Rudy was a shadow attorney general."
MSNBC analyst shreds GOP claim impeachment is an effort to change the 2016 election
Republicans have claimed that the reason Democrats have sought impeachment, either from the Russia scandal to the Ukraine scandal, is that they want to unmake the 2016 election. Speaking to MSNBC Sunday, NYU Law Prof. Melissa Murray ripped the claim to shreds.
First, impeachment would only remove President Donald Trump is the Republican Senate voted to do so. If the president were removed, the new president wouldn't be Hillary Clinton; it would be Mike Pence, getting Democrats no victories other than upholding the rule of law.
"As these proceedings go away, there is building support for impeachment; it will require a supermajority of the Senate in order to convict and remove the president, which will require some Republican Senators to peel off and depart from the path," Murray said. "But I think the really important thing that Bob has mentioned here is this idea ta the Republicans are taunting that impeachment is a backend effort to basically subvert the will of the people. I think the testimony that was presented yesterday makes clear that that claim is specious."
Rudy Giuliani’s devotion has escorted Trump straight to impeachment
"Step by step, [Rudy Giuliani] has escorted President Trump to the brink of impeachment," The New York Times said in a piece following the president's top lawyer and his impact on the scandals facing the 45th president.
Two associates of Giuliani's have already been indicted, Giuliani is under criminal investigation from federal prosecutors, and he was never graced with a top position in the Trump government.
"The separate troubles he has gotten his client and himself into are products of the uniquely powerful position he has fashioned, a hybrid of unpaid personal counsel to the president and for-profit peddler of access and advice," The Times said Sunday.