I ran into Adam Dillon on June 11th at Grand Isle beach. He was running shoreline operations on Grand Isle and Elmer’s Island. He described himself to me as a liaison between the media and the BP security contractors we encountered on the beach. At the time, Dillon told me he couldn’t talk on camera and he wished he could say more. Now he is.
He called me at WDSU Friday night as he was driving back to his home in North Carolina. I asked him to stop at the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina so we could set up a satellite interview (thanks to our friends at WIS-TV and my former general manager at WPMI-TV in Mobile, Donita Todd, for being so helpful).
Dillon was fired by BP on July 6th and he says the whole experience left a bad taste in his mouth. He told me after coming to Louisiana from North Carolina to help in the cleanup effort, he quickly realized it would be a far greater challenge than he thought.
Here is my exclusive interview with Dillon. I will air more of the interview Monday on WDSU News at 10.