Security contractor: BP fired me for taking photos of dispersants

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:03 EDT
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A security contractor who was once responsible for keeping reporters away from cleanup workers is now coming forward to blow the whistle on BP.

Adam Dillon claims he was fired by the oil company after he took pictures showing how dispersants were being used in the Gulf.

WDSU anchor Scott Walker first met Dillon in June while trying to report on cleanup efforts on Grand Isle, Louisiana.

“When you met me, and you were straight with me and I saw the way that you were being treated, I told you I wished I could tell you more,” Dillon told Walker in an interview Friday. “And after the way BP treated me, I’m telling you now that you deserve an answer, and that’s why you’re getting an answer.”

Dillon maintains that he was fired several weeks later. “I took pictures of something and I brought it to the attention of the command structure and whatever I took pictures of, 12 hours later I was gone,” he said.

“Dillon believes the photos showed how dispersants were being used in the Gulf of Mexico,” reported WDSU. The former security contractor did not provide specifics about how photos of dispersants might have angered BP management.

“What this company is doing to this country right now is just wrong,” said Dillon.

WDSU did not find anyone at BP willing to comment on Dillon’s dismissal.

This video is from WDSU, broadcast July 9, 2010.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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