It is revealed that BP chief executive Tony Hayward is negotiating his terms of exit after being negatively criticised by politicians in the United States over his handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward testifies before the U.S. Congress, apologizing for the spill but avoiding answering most questions and stating that he was unaware of the risks at the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in April causing the oil spill. [http:--www.theaustralian.com.au-news-breaking-news-bp-ceo-grilled-by-us-congress-story-fn3dxity-1225881174531 ("The Australian")] [http:--www.cbsnews.com-8301-503544_162-20008103-503544.html (CBS)] [http:--www.miamiherald.com-2010-06-17-1686441-an-angry-congress-lambasts-bp.html (Miami Herald)]date=August 2019
United States Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the US government's response manager to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says that BP is making progress stopping the oil flow, but that it is too early to call the effort a success and the spill may continue for several months.
Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots as fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the United States government and BP have given.