'It's not too soon for a scale back,' Dudley said, adding that 'you probably don't need to see people walking up and down the beaches in hazmat suits.'
The Deepwater Horizon rig explosion was a 'wake-up call' for oil and gas industry safety, Dudley said at a Friday news conference steps from the shore.
He said that skimming technology was 'way behind for an event like this' and ocean skimmers lacked necessary 'abundance.'
'This is not just change for the Gulf of Mexico,' Dudley said. 'These are changes globally for the oil and gas industry.'
Dudley was in town to announce the hiring of James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and now a consultant nationally recognized for his work in disaster response. Witt is expected to help guide BP's restoration efforts along the coast."
David Ferrara reports for the Mobile Press-Register July 31, 2010.