BP Apologizes…Nine Days Later

This apologetic e-mail appeared in my inbox on Sunday, nine days after my story from Grand Isle beach first aired. It’s from BP press officer Robert Wine. While it’s always nice to hear from Mr. Wine, I’d rather hear from Doug Suttles. I’ve e-mailed him several times asking for his thoughts on the direct contradiction of his earlier statement. No response from him…only his press people.

BP media access
Wine, Robert [WineR@bp.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2010 1:22 PM

Scott, I’ve just seen your clip of the security men blocking media access.

First, may I apologise for their actions – this is not what BP wants of its response teams.

BP supports the rights of all individuals to share their personal thoughts and experiences with journalists, if they so choose. BP has not and will not prevent anyone working in the cleanup operations from sharing his or her own opinions. However, they are not authorized to speak on behalf of BP or the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command. Workers are under no obligation to speak to the media, and may refer journalists to the BP Press Office.

We are in the process of reiterating this message to the many teams working hard right around the region.

Robert Wine
Press Officer


  1. I love how he can’t even spell “apologize” correctly

  2. Blake, you do realize he’s English and that’s how they spell it? They use an “s” where we use a “z.” Socialise, Organise, etc…


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