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After Criticism, Interruption, BP CEO Tony Hayward Begins His Testimony

Protester Diane Wilson is escorted from the hearing room after disrupting the hearing of BP CEO Tony Hayward. Win McNamee/Getty Images North America hide caption

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This morning, Tony Hayward, the CEO of BP, endured criticism from members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which is chaired by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI).

On its website, the subcommittee posted Hayward's prepared testimony, which he delivered moments ago.

Seconds after he swore to answer the subcommittee's questions truthfully, a protester in the back of the hearing room — her hands covered with what looked like oil, her face smeared with grease — called for Hayward to be charged with a crime.  Police officers forcibly removed her from the room.

Hayward said "the explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico should never have happened — and I am deeply sorry that it did."

Reiterating what the company's chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, said yesterday, Hayward promised that BP "will do what we can to make certain that an incident like this does not happen again."

We understand the seriousness of the situation.  We know the world is watching us.  No one will forget the 11 men who lost their lives in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon.  We hear and understand the concerns, frustrations, and fears that have been and will continue to be voices.  I understand that only actions and results, and not mere words, ultimately can give you the confidence you seek.  We will be, and deserve to be, judged by our response.