Gulf oil spill: Ex-BP boss Hayward may be charged with manslaughter

Possible charges include manslaughter, which carries up to 10 years jail.

Updated: Mar 30, 2011, 20:48 PM IST

London: Former BP chief executive Tony Hayward could face manslaughter charges in the United States over his role in the Gulf oil spill.

Investigators may quiz the Briton on whether decisions he made cut corners on safety and led to the disaster, the Daily mail reports.

Eleven workers were killed in an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, in the Gulf of Mexico, which precipitated an environmental disaster.

Possible charges include manslaughter, which carries up to ten years in prison.

Such a move would be unusual, as companies at fault in environmental catastrophes are usually hit with charges, not individuals.

It would be seen as further evidence that the Obama administration is still going after BP.

Investigators are said to be looking at Hayward’s testimony before Congress, in which he stonewalled dozens of questions, to see if he implicated himself.

The same treatment will be given to a number of other BP executives but Hayward is likely to be considered the prize ‘scalp’.