White House: BP Had to Be Pushed on Oil Cleanup

August 4, 2010 - 3:11 PM
The White House says cleanup results for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would have been different if federal officials had not pushed BP "at every step of the way" to do things faster and more comprehensively.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, second from right, brief reporters at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, regarding the BP oil spill. From left are, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner, National Incident Commander Thad Allen, Lubchenco, and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Washington (AP) - The White House says cleanup results for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would have been different if federal officials had not pushed BP "at every step of the way" to do things faster and more comprehensively.
 
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that no one owes departing BP chief executive Tony Hayward an apology despite new confidence that efforts to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico are working.
 
Amid criticism of his handling of the spill and cleanup efforts, Hayward is stepping down in October and taking a post at a BP joint venture in Russia.