New BP CEO Proposes 'Scaleback' in Cleanup
Surface skimmers less necessary now: Dudley
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2010 5:21 PM CDT
James Lee Witt, right, listens to BP PLC CEO of Gulf Coast Restoration Organization Bob Dudley as he speaks at a news conference to announce Witt's hiring as an advisor to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill...   (Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – BP's incoming CEO said today it's time for a "scaleback" of the massive effort to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but stressed the commitment to make things right is the same as ever. Tens of thousands of people—many of them idled fishermen—have been involved in the cleanup, but more than 2 weeks after the leak was stopped there is relatively little oil on the surface, leaving less work for oil skimmers to do.

Bob Dudley, who heads BP's oil spill recovery and will take over as CEO in October, said it's "not too soon for a scaleback" in the cleanup, and in areas where there is no oil, "you probably don't need to see people in hazmat suits on the beach." He added, however, that there is "no pullback" in BP's commitment to clean up the spill. Dudley was in Biloxi to announce that former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief James Lee Witt will be supporting BP's Gulf restoration work.