May 24th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

BP executive defends his company's response to Gulf oil spill

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A BP executive defended his company's attempts to stop a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday amid growing frustration and suggestions that the federal government could take over the effort.

Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer, told CNN's "American Morning" that the company also is frustrated that several efforts have failed to stem the flow of oil that continues to churn into seawater.

"We won't quit until we get this job done," he said. "We're doing everything we can."

The company's latest effort to plug the leak is on track to happen Wednesday morning, he said. BP plans to pump thick, viscous fluid twice the density of water into the site of the leak to stop the flow so the well can then be sealed with cement in a "top kill" procedure.

Suttles spoke a day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressed frustration with the delay in stopping the spill; Salazar said that BP has "from day one, frankly, not fulfilled the mission it was supposed to fulfill."


Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill • Keeping Them Honest • T1
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. AL Garcia

    KEEPIN them Honest???
    Why was there an entire segment regarding the NYC Mosque and NO a mention of the radical IMAM??? It is the CENTER of the DEBATE!!!

    August 24, 2010 at 2:37 am |
  2. Daniel McBride

    How many senators and members of the house owned BP plc (London), at the time of the explosion, and how many still own it?

    August 2, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  3. w harrrison

    Use starch in the mud solution

    May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  4. Chuckster

    Bring in the U.S Navy and their deep diving DSVs. They could have it capped in 24 hours. 5000 ft. deep is nothing for these vehicles!!

    May 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  5. George Gray

    I think we should encourage BP staff instead of deriding them. In particular, the "boot on the neck" talk regresses our British Friends exactly 70 years to the time when Germany planned to do what our Interior Secretary, by his words, is now doing. Screaming at BP staff will not enhance their performance. Please let them proceed methodically. Note also that divisive talk here echos in the ranks of U.S. and U.K. troops serving together in Afghanistan.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  6. Scott

    I think BP is trying to down play the oil spill. Here is our chance to hit em where it hurts.........their pocket book! They have been sticking it to us for years with higher gas prices while they make record profit after record profit. By the way, Susan?......will you marry me?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  7. TP in Mo

    Why not bring in the experts – say the folks that have recovered various treasures around the world or artifacts from the Titanic. Seems to me they do these kind of underwater feats on a regular basis and have the equipment and knowhow.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  8. PH in Miami

    I stopped buying Exxon gas in 1989 and it's easy enough to add BP.

    American's have such short memories, we're doomed to repeatedly feed corporate greed.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  9. Lilly

    Why there is no call to boycott BP – People are still buying gas at ARCO stations, which BP owns –

    May 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  10. Citizen Jane

    BP has blown it!!! Kick them aside and get some other problem solvers on the scene to fix the disaster ASAP!! BP can pick up the tab and pay the fines!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  11. Julie Kipp

    If the oil was washing up on the shores of Britain, would they be doing exactly what they are doing now? We, as Americans, should be furious with this situation. One of our national treasurers is being ruined due to corporate greed.

    May 24, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  12. Groo

    BP probably filled out their insurance claim and emergency grant paperwork, sent their lobbyists to make sure they government won't force them to cover the cost or pass any regulatory legislation, then tried to scapegoat a few other companies before they even looked at the spill. They want to make sure they profit from this.

    May 24, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  13. Patrick AKA Cyclonebuster

    Why don't they just pinch the pipe off hydraulically with a larger version of the jaws of life then use explosives to weld the pipe together where it is pinched off and be done with it? That would be to simple to do! Why drag this out anymore than needed? They could have had this finished in two days!

    May 24, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  14. Russell

    They should have plugged this thing up. Insteed they tried to salvage what ever oil they could get without regard to the enviroment. Now they know they can not siphon to much and getting desperate to cork it.

    Why not drop 100 x 20 ton bulk shipping bags with gravel and stone over it >>>>NOW.. NOW NOW NOW

    May 24, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  15. armand

    I don't believe that the government should allow BP to continue it's failing attempts to stop this leak, if in fact our government has the resources to do it themselves faster and perhaps better. BP has deep pockets and should be held responsible to pay 100% for All damage from this disaster!

    May 24, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  16. GP

    Has anyone thought of using explosives? It would seem that a good blast would plug the hole, and who cares about BP equipment at this point.

    May 24, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  17. Monty Miller

    BP could have, and should have, shut this down a month ago. They could have accomplished this with a powerful explosion placed just above the leaking well-head. This would have collapsed the well-head and stopped this leak from becoming the worst human created ecological catastrophe in the history of the world, but they chose not to do this because they wanted to still be able to extract the oil. Every effort they have put forth so far has been designed to preserve the well and allow continued extraction of the oil and gas. This is PURE GREED!

    May 24, 2010 at 10:40 am |

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