Campaigner Vicky Wyatt with the papers for the legal challenge
Ben Ayliffe, one of our climate campaigners, writes about the reasons behind the legal case:
Former BP boss Tony Hawyard's recent mea culpa over Deepwater Horizon reminded me of an interview he gave to the company's in-house magazine in 2008. Hayward, it was claimed, "has the advantages of a scientist's clarity of mind, combined with a lifelong BP man's human understanding," the eulogy concluding that BP "is in good hands." Whilst the Gulf of Mexico disaster went on to illustrate the price of such hubris, Hayward's admission that the catastrophe was one "that all our corporate deliberations had told us simply could not happen" raises questions about how government and investors assess the risks of unconventional oil.