BP CEO Tony Hayward says his company will “absolutely be paying for the cleanup operation” in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “There's no doubt about that. It's our responsibility—we accept it fully,” he told NPR, promising to pay all "legitimate" claims, and implying that the company wouldn't draw things out in court the way Exxon did after the Valdez spill. "We have a claims process set up. There are small claims today that are being paid instantly," he said.
Hayword said the same thing on NBC's Today Show, though he sounded a bit more disgruntled about it. “It wasn't our accident,” he said. Another company, Transocean, operated the rig that exploded, he explained. It “was run by their people, their process.” Nevertheless, BP has deployed a huge fleet of fishermen to try to contain the spill, and is building a device to capture the oil at 5,000 feet below sea-level—an unprecedented feat.