May 24, 2010

On CNN's State of the Union, BP's managing director Robert Dudley is asked to respond to Rep. Edward Markey's remarks that we cannot trust BP and that they've been hiding how bad the oil spill is in the Gulf. Gee, I wonder where anyone might have gotten that idea?

CROWLEY: Among the problems that you have faced, you have a very big P.R. problem. It all centers around the word "trust." I want to play you something from Congressman Ed Markey that he said this week.


REP. EDWARD J. MARKEY, D-MASS.: I think now we're beginning to understand that we cannot trust BP. People do not trust the experts any longer. BP has lost all credibility. Now the decisions will have to be made by others, because it's clear that they have been hiding the actual consequences of this spill.


CROWLEY: That is pretty -- pretty tough stuff. I think it stems from a lot of things. First of all, no one believes that only 5,000 barrels of oil are coming up off the ocean floor. A lot of people think BP has been covering up and not telling people what's actually going on.

How do you respond to the idea that you've even got people on Capitol Hill that don't believe a word you're saying?

DUDLEY: Well, all of us at BP are trying to solve the problem. Those words hurt a little bit, because we've been open about what we're doing. What we're doing is certainly not anything in secret. We've had direct oversight and involvement from government agencies from the very first hours afterwards.

There is an imprecision around the measurement around that crude oil, which I've used the analogy that it is a little bit like popping a soda can rushing out with lots of gas and oil. There's lots of gas in this crude. The rate is unclear. We are measuring and producing some of that today.

But in terms of not trusting BP, there's nobody -- nobody who is more devastated by what has happened and nobody that wants to shut this off more than we do and learn what happened so this never happens anywhere, to anyone anywhere in the world again. So...

CROWLEY: Mr. Dudley, I'm sorry, I have to...

DUDLEY: ... I think we're being open with all investigations.

CROWLEY: All right. Thank you so much. Mr. Dudley, Robert Dudley, managing director of BP, we really appreciate your time. We have to run.

Tell that to the people who's lives you've destroyed Mr. Dudley. I don't think they'll have much concern for your "hurt" feelings or how "devastated" you are.

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