“What This Company is Doing to This Country Right Now is Just Wrong”

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The news station WDSU in New Orleans on Friday ran the first part of an interview with Adam Dillon, a former BP contractor now going public with his dissatisfaction at the company’s handling of the Gulf disaster.

Dillon was caught in an earlier WDSU video chasing reporters off a beach and barring them from talking to cleanup workers. Now BP has fired Dillon, and he’s willing to talk. From Friday’s interview:

WDSU Reporter Scott Walker: Why did you want to talk to me tonight?

Dillon: Because of what I told you on Grand Isle that day. When you met me and you were straight with me and I saw the way that you were being treated, I told you I wish I could tell you more. And after the way BP treated me, I’m telling you now that you deserve and answer and that’s why you’re getting an answer.

Shortly after the first encounter with WDSU, Dillon was promoted to a position at the BP command center, but was soon “fired because he was seen as a threat to superiors,” he says. Dillon says he was fired after he took photos of “equations on dispersants.” “I saw something when I was out there. I took pictures of something,” said Dillon. “I brought it to the attention of the command center. Whatever I took pictures of, 12 hours later I was gone.” (We’re trying to get a hold of Dillon for more details, but haven’t had any luck. So Adam Dillon, if you’re out there, drop us a line!)

Dillon says his experience as a contractor has caused him to lose all faith in BP’s recovery efforts:

They’re not worried about cleaning up the spill as it is… I will never have loyalty to this company. I will always have loyalty to my country, and my country comes first. And what this company is doing tot his country right now is just wrong.

Here’s the video: 

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