Thursday, June 3, 2010

BP Slow in Compassion for Families of Workers Killed in Oil Disaster

     While Sarah Palin is busy blaming environmentalists for the BP/Transocean oil disaster and for outsourcing middle class American jobs, she's forgetting that her British buddy BP hasn't exactly been pastoral in the treatment of those eleven Americans killed in the oil disaster.

     Last week, Diane Sawyer of ABC's World News reported on how BP and Transocean have treated the family of Dale Burkeen, a father of two young children.  Dale died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, which was also the date of his wedding anniversary.  Here's bit of the ABC report:
     Dale's family said BP waited days to tell them he was gone, and they have never offered an explanation or apology.
     "It makes me angry in a way, because there's got to be an explanation," said Felicia Hamilton. "It makes me wonder, what if it was their son or brother out there? Would they still say I have no explanation?"
     "Does BP have any real compassion?" Sawyer asked.
     "They have not called us one time to say we're sorry your son has lost his life out there," said Mary, who wants to travel to the site of the rig to lay a wreath for her son. "I feel the only way I can come to a closure is when they get all this oil up."
     The site has memorial listing of those who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

 Image from Open Salon.