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London protest disrupt oil conference

06-23-2010 08:50 BJT

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Oil industry executives closed ranks behind embattled BP boss Tony Hayward at an oil conference in London on Tuesday.

Hayward was due to attend the conference, but pulled out at the last minute, citing the need to devote all his time to trying to resolve the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His deputy, Steve Westwell,... spoke on his behalf. Westwell declined to comment directly on his boss's future.

He said that Hayward was the company's chief executive and dealing with the disaster was his top priority. Some of the delegates have expressed support for BP, saying it should not take all the blame for the disaster. Protestors disrupted the conference, demanding BP tell the truth over the US' worst environmental disaster.

Emma Gibson, Greenpeace Campaigner, said, "BP seem to be incapable of telling the truth and we wanted to deliver the truth which is we really need to speed up the progress to end the oil age. The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico just shows that the oil industries are at a fork in the road, and what BP needs to do now is to stop dangerous deep-water drilling."

Oil industry executives closed ranks behind embattled BP boss Tony Hayward at an oil conference in London on Tuesday. 
Oil industry executives closed ranks behind embattled BP boss Tony 
Hayward at an oil conference in London on Tuesday.

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