BP CEO Tony Hayward gets small victory amid turmoil

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BP and the Coast Guard are trying to put a cork in the leaking pipes. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Tony Hayward, the BP CEO, has been under a heavy amount of criticism as a result of the oil spill and the explosion on the oil rig that cost 11 workers their lives.  However, there is room for a little sigh of relief.  The new plan for the “cut and cap” method of plugging the leaking pipes is starting to work, though the operation is not done yet.  The cutting portion of the plan has succeeded, but the cap portion is going to be the tricky part.

BP CEO vows not to abandon the spill

As the “cut and cap” procedure was under way, BP CEO Tony Hayward vowed that the company would not leave until “every last drop” of oil had been removed, according to USA Today.  Despite pervasive criticism, he does get to maybe breathe a little easier, as the first phase of the “cut and cap” method has met with some success. Earlier this week, an attempt to use a wire saw to cut the pipe and install a cap failed, but a second attempt was made using a large shear, which was successful.

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Now that the second attempt to cut the pipe has worked, a cap will be installed that will plug the leaking sections of pipes.  However, the tricky part is that the cap has to be further modified to fit the cut pipe, and there’s a chance that cutting the pipe will cause oil to flow at an increased rate until the cap is in place. The pipes, according to the New York Times, were bent in the accident, which constricted the flow of oil.  If the cap fits snugly enough, it will seal the pipe and stop the leak.  BP and the U.S. Coast Guard are working together to accomplish the task.

Tony Hayward under fire

BP CEO Tony Hayward has been under tremendous pressure to resolve this dilemma as quickly as possible.  The oil slick is already on the Florida coast and is set to coat the Pensacola beach and effectively kill the tourist season.

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