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Hayward departure 'necessary step' to rehabilitating BP


A former president of Shell Oil has said that BP's approach to cleaning up the Gulf oil spill was "not good enough".

John Hofmeister told Today presenter John Humphrys that both the company and the US coastguard made the wrong decision in attempting to use booms, dispersing and burning the oil.

"Why why didn't we have rows of barges with suction pumps? Why didn't we have supertankers equipped with suction pumps to take the oil off the ocean, rather than scuttling it about? I think we could have done much, much more to clean up the oil," he said.

He added that the departure of BP's chief executive, Tony Hayward, was a "necessary step", to allow the company to make a new start in the United States, and said that "BP can, in fact, recover".

Mr Hofmeister's comments come as BP announced it made a loss of £11bn and will set aside around £20bn to cover the costs of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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