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BP in the dock: Key quotes
Selected quotes from the testimony of BP CEO to members of US Congress.
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 02:19 GMT
BP CEO Tony Hayward said he was "deeply sorry" for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico [Reuters]

The CEO of energy giant BP, Tony Hayward, has faced a barrage of questions from members of the US Congress over his company's handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The following are selected quotes from his appearance before the House committee on energy and commerce:

"The explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico never should have happened and I am deeply sorry that it did."
Tony Hayward, BP Chief Executive Officer

"I think you're copping out. You're the captain of the ship."
Representative Phil Gingrey, Republican

"You're not taking responsibility. You're kicking the can down the road and acting as if you had nothing to do with this."
Representative Henry Waxman, Democrat, chairman House committee on energy and commerce

"BP blew it… You cut corners to save money and time."
Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat

"I, like everyone else here and everyone else in America, am thoroughly disgusted. I think you're stalling, I think you're really insulting our intelligence and I really resent it."
Representative Eliot Engel, Democrat

"I'm not stonewalling. I simply was not involved in the decision-making process."
Tony Hayward

"You need to be charged with a crime, Tony. You need to go to jail."
Diane Hayward, protester.

"I believe that all accidents are preventable."
Tony Hayward

"Right now, it's simply too early to say what caused the incident."
Tony Hayward

"BP cut corner after corner to save a million dollars here and a few hours or days there. And now the whole Gulf is paying the price."
Representative Henry Waxman

"We have learned that time and time again BP officials had warning signs that this was - as one employee put it - 'a nightmare well.' They made choices that set safety aside in exchange for cost-cutting and time-saving decisions."
Representative Bart Stupak

"BP has a history of cutting corners for the almighty dollar."
Representative John Dingell

"There were decisions taken by the people at the time and some of them, in sitting here today, appear they may have been to do with money. But it's not clear.
Tony Hayward

"There is nothing I have seen so far that suggests that anyone put costs ahead of safety. If there are, then we'll take action."
Tony Hayward

"We have reviewed 30,000 pages of documents from BP, including your e-mails. There is not a single e-mail that shows you paid even the slightest attention to the dangers at this well."
Representative Henry Waxman

"Thus far, you have responded to our questions with little substance and many claims of not knowing or not being part of the decision-making process."
Representative Bart Stupak

"You at the top don't seem to have a clue about what was going on on this rig. I'm sitting here thinking I could be the CEO of an oil company."
Representative Mike Doyle, Democrat

"In the three years I've been CEO, I've focused on improving dramatically our safety and environmental performance. That is why amongst all the other reasons I am so devastated by this accident."
Tony Hayward

"I want to acknowledge the questions that you and the public are rightly asking. How could this happen? How damaging is the spill to the environment? Why is it taking so long to stop the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf?"
Tony Hayward

"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, a $20 billion shakedown."
Representative Joe Barton, Republican

"I want the record to be absolutely clear that I think BP is responsible for this accident, should be held responsible and should in every way do everything possible to make good on the consequences that have resulted from this accident. If anything I said this morning has been misconstrued ... then I want to apologise for that misconstrued misconstruction."
Barton speaking later and retracting his earlier statement

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