Friday: Buh-bye, BP Tony Hayward- Hello …. Dudley ?

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)


Friday news dump-

Bp Tony falls on his sword-  will anyone be surprised ?  But to an American named, of all things…..  Dudley?

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We won’t have bp Tony of Deepwotter Spinmeister to slosh around anymore. Damn.

Love the Brit slang:

BP hives off “toxic” Gulf Spill operation to dilute anti- British feeling in US   –  The Guardian…

Responsibility for the leaking well and the clean-up strategy will placed in the hands of Bob Dudley, one of the company’s most able directors.

Dudley, a US citizen, has been looking for a suitable role in the company since he was thrown out of Moscow in a battle with the Russian shareholders of the TNK-BP joint venture in the middle of 2008.

Hayward said the clean-up business would be run separately by Dudley with his own staff but the finances and budget would come from the main BP group. The BP chief executive said the purpose of the split was to allow Dudley to concentrate on the Gulf problem while he and other directors were not distracted from keeping the main business on track.

I don’t think they understand.  We don’t hate bp Tony, we don’t hate the British,  we hate the effing oil spill and we don’t like the way our profiteering privatizing government keeps screwing us over on our wasteful energy and intertwined military policy.  However, if bp Tony does lunch next week with Dick Cheney in Wyoming, and then supper with Tony the Poodle Blair, and breakfast next morning with Caribou Barbie and Mitt Romney, they’re screwed.  And while we love our errant relatives across the pond, remember you live on a very tiny island in relation to the total land mass mass of the planet Earth.

In just a few weeks time, bp Tony has immortalized himself as too inept to hate on. Hall of Fame quotes:

“This was not our accident. This was Transocean’s rig. Their system. Their people. Their equipment.”  May 4 2010

and who hired them, the Drill Faerie ?

“The Gulf of Mexico is a big ocean. The amount of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.”  May 14 2010

Your My Pet Goat moment. He was a drunken fratboy. What’s your excuse?

“No one wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.”  May 30, 2010

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“So far I’m unscathed.  Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  June 4, 2010

May you live in interesting times. Over and over again.

“Unscathed” is right.  Bp Tony just happened to have sold off a third of his stock in Bp Oil, about 1.4 million pounds worth, on March 17th this year, according to the Telegraph UK.

Mr Hayward, whose pay package is 4 million pounds a year, then paid off the mortgage on his family’s

mansion in Kent, which is estimated to be valued at more than 1.2 million pounds.

His decision, however, means he avoided losing more than 423,000 pounds when BP’s share price

plunged after the oil spill began six weeks ago.

Lucky fellow, eh?


New American Bp disaster handler Robert “Bob” Dudley was last involved in getting kicked out of Russia in this TNK – BP Oil company Russian – British deal.…

see also:…  Guardian, 9/5/2008

BP makes peace with Oligarchs by axing joint venture chief

The oil firm announced yesterday that embattled chief executive Robert Dudley will leave TNK-BP by the end of the year, as part of an agreement hammered out with the four Russian billionaires who also own the business. Dudley’s departure, along with a boardroom shake-up, is the price of ending one of the most vicious internal feuds in recent corporate history.

The deal appeared to have been closely coordinated with the Kremlin. It follows an unprecedented campaign by state agencies against TNK-BP that prompted Dudley to flee Russia, citing harassment. But BP and its Russian partner Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR), who will each continue to own half of the venture, said that the changes were being made for commercial reasons.

Should be fun for us.


edit update one.  welcome to the end of my diary.  I will now start adding the beginning.

edit two add firstquote

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edit four.  I’m sure there’s a reason that paragraph won’t go. I just can’t find it. @#$%^&*#$%^&$%^&

edit five.  couldn’t cut paste fr Telegraph.  pffffft.   done.  


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  1. ….  what did you do this afternoon ?  I made multiple baby rabbits out of diary drafts that keep giving me error messages that they were not posting.  

    Bye, Bp Tony.  Hello Dudley.  I hear Putin is pissed at you.  

    • TMC on June 5, 2010 at 15:56

    Britain should not be blamed for the BP crisis

    The industrial might of the United States has been built partly on what some call Big Oil, and they don’t come much bigger than BP. For all that many in America are choosing to emphasise the “British” rather than the “Petroleum” as they seek to attach culpability for the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the nationality of the drilling company is irrelevant. Indeed, the jingoistic chippiness that has characterised the response to what is one of the worst ecological calamities in years has been as unedifying as it has been unhelpful. No one sought to blame America as a nation when Occidental Oil’s Piper Alpha platform exploded in the North Sea in 1988, killing 167 people; or when Union Carbide’s gas plant in Bhopal, India, poisoned an entire town in 1984, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives and the establishment of a poisonous legacy that remains to this day. Both of these companies were important contributors to the local economy, just as BP has been to America’s. Roughly a third of BP’s operations, shareholders and personnel are actually American. So the imputation that this is some neo-colonial interloper recklessly damaging the environment of a country for whom oil is an incidental energy source is wide of the mark.

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