Apr 9, 2013 6:27 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A BP executive who oversaw the company's Gulf of Mexico operations says he led a push to improve safety when he started the job more than two years before an April 2010 rig explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
Neil Shaw testified Tuesday at a trial over the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster that safety was his team's top priority when he became BP's strategic performance unit leader for the Gulf in 2007. Shaw says he developed a plan in 2009 to improve the safety performance of its drilling operations.
Plaintiffs' attorneys claim BP cut costs and sacrificed safety in a rush to complete a drilling project that was behind schedule and over budget at the time of its Macondo well blowout.