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[Homework]2010-08-01 BP总裁即将下台

本帖最后由 若谷 于 2010-8-10 11:28 编辑

He's been the focus of criticism for month.His future's uncertain since oil began gushing out from a damaged BP rig off coast of Lousiana.Now the man,criticized for his handling,one of the world's worst oil spills,is set to leave.BP admits its time for change at the top and that means the demise of CEO Tony Hayward.

Tony Hayward's poor record on safety and reliability is largely to blame his downfall. He seemed to ought to be responsible for the explosion on the BP rig which killed 11 oil workers in April this year.In the three months which followed over 15 million gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico,causing extensive environmental damage.

Thrusts somewhat unwillingly into the limelight and clearly under pressure,as well as intense media scrutiny, Hayward has also commited a series of shocking PR gaffes.At one stage he claimed:As no one wants this thing over more than I do,you know,I'd like my life back.

A comment which brought him instant notoriety in the US,epually unpopular was his choice to take time off to go sailing at the height of crisis.But it was his performance at this Special Senate hearing which sealed his reputation as the hatred figure in America.

"It's impossible for me to answer that question."

"All right."

"And I don't recall that I'm afraid, I'm afraid I can't recall.I'm not stonewalling.I simply was not involved in the desicion making process."

The reponse was anger.

"This is what it looks like in the marshes;this what it looks like part of the picture of them down there.

Once Hayward is gone,Bob Dudly is widely tipped to succeed him.Respected within BP,he's already been put in charge of managing oil spill,and his American nationality will also work in his favor at the time of anti-British feeling.

But the future for the former BP chairman may not be all that bleak.It's been speculated that he could receive a severancepackage of up to 12 million pounds.

Kitty Logan,Skynews.


1. PR gaffes = Public Relations gaffes 公共关系失态
2. at the height of 在。。。巅峰时期
3. stonewall 阻碍议事
    1 chiefly British : to engage in obstructive parliamentary debate or delaying tactics
    2 : to be uncooperative, obstructive, or evasive
    transitive verb : to refuse to comply or cooperate with

4. severance=severance pay 辞职费
    money paid by an employer to an employee whose job the employer has had to bring to an end.


好好记下来。。。


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