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No way to totally remorse gamers we've been told to wait while cleanup workers would come out with absorbent -- at one point they said that you -- each -- one at a time.
For the holidays you can see it as well up here in the allotment this -- -- doing damage and that's why its own foreign force to get that -- out.
All right that was Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal earlier today he's pleading for help.
As the Gulf Coast continues to -- in BP crude oil now.
BP has the worst safety record of any oil company with 760 violations.
Chevron came in second place with -- Hasn't even BP been dragging its feet on safety our next guest doesn't think so joining us now is Christine Todd Whitman she is present -- Of the witness strategy group she's also formally the head of the EPA.
Before we get to that question there -- some news right now that I want you to respond to you.
The Justice Department saying they are concerned worried about BP and Transocean is paying out dividends when they're also gonna have to pay for the clean up.
And the US attorney general now saying that he's planning to take action what might that action be and you think that.
To the decision.
I have no idea what the action would be and the only thing that that.
Puzzles me right now what we want them to do we want them to concentrate a 1000%.
On stopping this leak and cleaning up the mess.
And we don't want to distract them.
-- and I think saying you're coming out lawsuits this early.
Is it distract I know what's a distraction running style on a lot -- -- -- all -- review they've been doing and an ongoing inquiry internal look at.
What went wrong here what and how right we national what are we gonna do now well that's certainly did not say yes and there's been real concern about the ability of these companies.
-- -- -- day out there's plenty of time to find the lower gas them and to let let me did you that is what terminal BP's track record and what should happen with BP.
Lot of conversation right now that BP has not done a good job the president and -- going on national TV just this week.
He was saying they would make sense.
For Tony Hayward to step down has BP done a good job managing this crisis well the only thing I can say from what I know that time that I was on this advisory board that -- -- the previous president BP America had -- just for himself it was totally just internal we never talked outside just with him.
And had this whole focus was on what they did to get back and make sure that they were doing everything right and we went this whole board went out just one of these.
Oil rigs way out in the gulf we went up to Alaska we went around and at -- he'll be up problem not a good shoddy.
Has -- done a good job I think they've done everything they.
They can do right now they don't know nobody knows at a ballot and -- in -- are there any other 5000 solutions I don't think anybody Haslem they're -- Right now you have BP is paying for.
People who come in the federal government's got people coming in.
Everybody's trying to figure out what we do we never faced this situation before since Tony Hayward go what does he need to lose his job should there be new management at British Petroleum certainly going to be up to the shareholders -- for British Petroleum and clearly he's in big trouble right now.
Do you think he should go I'm not sure that it's his decision to make that mean -- his decision overseeing this but something we've got to find out what really happened.
Gotta find out.
One is when we got this capped when we started the -- and you don't wait -- -- -- over that's gonna take forever.
Then we've got to get on -- -- and find out what went wrong how did -- -- did they play fast and loose.
Was it that Halliburton have a role in here what was Transocean roll there's certainly a lot more than what a lot of blame and then what I talk about your role with the advisory -- -- just -- second.
You describe it I believe you were on the board for three years you were reporting that.
Head of BP's American operations do you.
You headed the EPA this is a company that has a horrific safety record I'm sure it was clear to you -- head of the EPA.
Was there anything you said to be a to BP executives on the advisory board to say hey.
We have to fix this this is good result in the big tragedy and had.
Be clear to you well that's what was clear was that BP when was worried about.
What their safety record and with a Texas first of all understand that EPA did nothing would be.
And guess it wasn't BP we were I mean wasn't EP AC -- -- don't jurisdiction over now we had no jurisdiction no involvement with them.
Frankly and in none of that that wasn't there are regulatory role other than air emissions and water missions that kind of thing.
But not safety that safety actions OSHA and that's the Department of Labor.
But anyway I think more about -- Bob Malone put this advisory board together that included Leon Panetta and Tom Daschle didn't -- -- well a whole bunch of people.
And the purpose was to look at the Texas City.
And -- Texas City problem they had where they lost lives there they have an explosion Texas City because of a break down clearly a breakdown in security procedures.
And I remember the first time we went down there and we went to Texas City and looked at it.
And there are things they cleaned up a lot that there are things that we point -- we said hey this doesn't look at it it's very safe you see steam escaping from a pipe.
Things like that I still need to clean up -- -- so we sent -- them.
We met with the union members we talked with the union members and -- are you getting heard do you have they put in a and telephone number and and so that you could report problems and we said do you feel that the people are listening to you do you feel that you can be a whistle blower without having retribution.
I mean we ask the tough questions are out there and and of all of the people who work -- not just.
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