Gulf Disaster

New BP CEO: Time for 'Scaleback'

You can put your pelican-scrubbing brush down: Robert Dudley, BP’s incoming CEO, said on Tuesday that it’s “not too soon for a scaleback” in the Gulf. He said BP is still fully committed to cleaning up the spill, but that “you probably don’t need to see people in hazmat suits on the beach.” BP capped the leaking well two weeks ago, and the relatively small amount of oil on the surface (scientists fear it may be underneath) means there’s not always enough work for the oil skimmers to do.