BP executive defends 2010 spill response tactics
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A BP executive who led the company's efforts to halt its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico testified on Tuesday that his decisions were guided by the principle that they shouldn't do anything that could make the crisis even worse.
Mr James Dupree, BP's first witness for the second phase of a trial over the deadly disaster, said his teams worked simultaneously on several strategies for killing the well that blew out in April 2010.
He said the company scrapped plans to employ a capping strategy in mid-May because the equipment wasn't ready. He also said he was concerned that it could jeopardise other efforts to seal the well.
"We were very intent not to make the situation worse," said Mr Dupree, who was promoted to BP's regional president for the Gulf of Mexico after the spill was stopped.