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BP’s Svanberg breaks silence on oil spill

BP's Swedish Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has broken his silence on last month's Gulf of Mexico spill, addressing Swedish media about the tragedy for the first time.

BP's Svanberg breaks silence on oil spill

“It is a tragic accident,” he told business news website E24.se. “Eleven people have lost their lives.”

The oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico has ensured a nightmare start for the former Ericsson CEO. Svanberg took over as oil giant BP’s non-executive chairman at the start of the year.

On April 20th, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, triggering a gigantic oil spill that is still ongoing. Having recently returned from the US, he explained that that was among other reasons why he had not commented extensively on the spill:

“There’s actually a pretty clear division of responsibilities,” he said. “CEO Tony Hayward and his team are those who are responsible for the company, and they are doing an altogether excellent and dedicated job in coping with this difficult situation.”

After the accident, many have questioned the challenges of risky oil drilling in deep water. However, Svanberg defended the company’s practices, saying all extraction is beset with risks, adding BP is taking responsibility for its actions.

“We will do everything humanly possible to contain the leak, clean up after ourselves and take care of all the requirements, “said Svanberg.

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ACCIDENT

Oil spill cleanup after train hits garbage bin

Several hundred litres of oil leaked out of a commuter train in Lerum outside Gothenburg after it drove over a garbage bin that police suspect could have been deliberately placed on the tracks.

Oil spill cleanup after train hits garbage bin

According to the emergency services in Gothenburg, between 500 and 600 litres of oil spilled from the train after it hit an object in the early hours of Sunday.

“We are on the ground working with a decontamination firm,” Lars Jostelius of the emergency services told local newspaper Göteborgs Posten (GP) on Sunday morning.

Initially, local police did not want to specify what kind of object it was, but said they were not ruling out sabotage. In other words, one person or a group of people could have deliberately placed the object on the tracks.

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) later confirmed that the object was a garbage bin.

Incidents where an object is placed on train tracks are labelled “infrastructure sabotage” by the Transport Administration.

The fact that someone could have deliberately placed the garbage bin on the tracks is regarded as very serious, said the Transport Administration.

“There could be serious accidents and there are costs involved for society when a train is stalled and has to be repaired,” Bodil Sonesson, a Swedish Transport Administration spokeswoman, told news agency TT.

There were no passengers on board the train when it hit the garbage bin and no reported injuries.

The train traffic was confined to a single track while the leaking train was being removed in an extensive cleanup operation.

This led to delays of between 10 and 15 minutes up until lunchtime on Sunday.

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