Tony Hayward

BP Co-Owns Gulf Well That Got Deepwater Permit

Deepwater HorizonEarlier today I accused Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of a "cynical" approach to issuing deepwater drilling permits for the Gulf of Mexico. I did not realize how right I was. According to Kristen Hays of Reuters:

BP Plc, whose Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history last year, co-owns the well that was granted the first deepwater drilling permit since the disaster.

BP is Noble Energy Inc's partner in the well, holding a 46.5 percent interest, BP said.

CNBC: Flaherty Says White House Allies Cashing in on BP

Today I discussed whether BP can ever get it right in the wake of Tony Hayward's yacht outing with John Kilduff of Round Earth Capital and CNBC hosts Trish Regan, Melissa Francis and Larry Kudlow. Here's a transcript:

Yacht Race Is Final Straw for BP’s Tony Hayward

Tony Haywards YachtAccording to the Associated Press:

The BP CEO is attending a yacht race off the Isle of Wight in southern England today, a company spokeswoman said.

Sheila Williams says Hayward took time off his duties handling the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico to see his boat "Bob" participate in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday.

If this report is true, Hayward must go. Earlier in the week, I criticized the House hearings as political theater. I thought that Hayward was reluctant to answer many questions because of the criminal investigation announced by Attorney General Holder.  Even if set up for a public relations fall, Hayward was at least rational to try protect himself from criminal liability.

CNBC: Flaherty Criticizes House BP Hearings

Tonight on The Kudlow Report, I discussed the appearance of BP CEO Tony Hayward before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today with Jeffrey Sonnenfeld of the Yale School of Management and psychologist Dr. Tim Irwin. Here's a transcript:

Radical Group Seeks Federal Seizure of BP Assets

Seize BP photoThe explosion and spill from a BP deepwater drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has generated justifiable anger across the nation and especially in the affected coastal region. It's also generated popular backlash, one manifestation of which is an increasingly loud call for confiscating company assets. The front line of this campaign is an ad hoc group, "Seize BP," which organized anti-BP rallies in cities across America last week. The group's mission is as simple as its name: Persuade the Obama administration to seize assets of the British-based oil company and use the proceeds for compensating victims and family members for loss of life, health, and property values. Such action, however, far from delivering justice, would make a bad situation worse.

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