BP chief executive Tony Hayward has been criticised heavily recently following a number of public relations gaffes that have surely added to his already tarnished reputation.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now thought to be the largest offshore spill in American history with tens of millions of gallons spilled, and it's still ongoing.
The spill stems from a sea floor 'oil gusher', which occured following a series of explosions on the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit on April 20th. The accident killed 11 workers and injured 17.
BP chief executive Tony Hayward has done nothing to stem the flow of negativity surrounding this disaster, which has been dubbed by some as 'oilblivion'.
Here are just some of Tony's biggest slip-ups:
- May 14 - in an interview with the Guardian, Hayward insisted that the 5,000 barrels of oil per day and the estimated 400,000 gallons of dispersant BP are pumping into the waters should be put into context. "The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of [sic] oil and dispersant we are putting in is tiny in relation to the total water volume", he said.
- May 30 - Hayward was asked on camera what he would like to say to people in Louisiana, where the oil from the rig had begun to reach the state's south-eastern marshses. Hayward responded: "The first thing to say is, I'm sorry. We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no-one that wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back." The statement caused particular upset given that 11 people died in the explosion which caused the spill.
- June 3 - Hayward was criticised by president Obama after BP broadcast a TV advertisement apologising to those affected by the spill, pledging to clean up every drop of oil and "restore the shoreline to its original state". BP spent $50 million on the campaign.
- June 19 - Hayward was criticised again after he was spotted taking part in the JP Morgan Asset Management round the island race on the Isle of Wight. Hayward took part in the race in his personal £182,000 racing yacht, 'Bob' with his son. While BP spokesman Robert Wine defended Hayward, saying it was his first day off since the spill, Greenpeace activists said the trip was "rubbing salt into the wounds" of those who'd been affected by the spill.
I do hope Mr Emanuel is right... although we at Uniquethinking will not be quaking in our PR boots should Hayward choose to leave BP!