Hayward defends his record at BP in Deepwater Horizon trial

City A.M. Reporter
FORMER BP boss Tony Hayward yesterday defended his actions in the run-up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, as a US court heard from experts on the firm’s safety record.

Hayward, who briefly appeared in video testimony on the second day of a sprawling lawsuit against BP, said cost cuts made under his watch were not responsible for the explosion that cost 11 lives and caused oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

The court also heard from Kevin Lacy, former senior vice president of Gulf drilling operations for BP who left a few months before the spill.

“I was never given a directive to cut corners or to deliver something not safely,” Lacy said. “But there was tremendous pressure on costs.”

Alan Huffman, chief technology officer for Fusion Petroleum Technologies, said BP forged ahead with drilling the well in 2009 outside the margin considered safe in the industry and by regulators.

“It is truly egregious to drill that extra 100 feet knowing you could lose the well in the process,” Huffman testified.

The trial in New Orleans is expected to last up to a year.

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