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Incoming BP CEO Bob Dudley sought to reassure jittery Gulf of Mexico residents Friday that the massive British corporation will not abandon them once the ruptured well responsible for the oil disaster has been permanently sealed.
Dudley, currently the company's managing director, stressed during a visit to Mississippi that BP has made a "long-term commitment" to the region. "We'll be here for years," he said.
The spill has been a "catastrophe" and a "real wake-up call for change," he said. We have to "treat it as an opportunity to change for the better."
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