Gulf mayors lay into BP official

June 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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MOBILE, Ala., June 6 (UPI) -- Gulf Coast mayors told a high-level BP official in Alabama they are not satisfied with the British oil company's response to the gulf spill.

BP Senior Vice President Bob Fryar found himself under fire from the local officials during a news conference Saturday in Mobile, CNN reported.

Fryar's comments that the effort to funnel the leaking oil to a surface vessel was going "extremely well" and that he was "pleased" with the effort thus far didn't set well with Gulf Shores, Ala., Mayor Robert Kraft.

""I don't know who represents you in our community, but I would love to have one of your guys go down and look at our beaches and tell me that what you see is effective and is working," Kraft said.

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon weighed in as well, saying, "If you sensed our frustration, you would have been here a lot sooner."

"You show up today, we don't even know you are coming," Kennon said. "So what you say and what you do, Mr. Fryar, with all due respect, are two different things."

Fryar and Kennon met for about 45 minutes after the news conference, but the session didn't mollify the mayor.

Fryar "made it very clear to us ... that (BP's) first obligation is their shareholders," Kennon said.

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