BP’s Fake Cleanup: Worker quits, says “They told us not to dig”; “Forbidden” to clean beneath surface when oil is buried 12 inches deep (VIDEO)
June 25th, 2010
Former Oil Worker Says Cleanup Just For Show, WKRG Channel 5 CBS Pensacola, June 24, 2010:
Former oil clean-up worker Candi Warren says she signed up to make a difference, but soon found out the work of cleaning the beaches was all cosmetic. That’s what she was told, she says.
Warren says she knew that when crews worked during the day, the tide and surf buried oil overnight. But they were forbidden to dig it up. She quit in disgust three weeks ago despite the $18 per hour pay.
She said she was told to only clean the surface of the sand, that this is all cosmetic. She was on a crew at Gulf State Park where tourists go. She says it has priority so as to make it look like the beaches are clean.
Warren says she believes money is being wasted on the crews and says “At some point the real clean-up will have to begin, but I’m afraid the money will be gone.”
She used a shovel and dug down six, eight, maybe twelve inches into the sand to show us the layers of oil close to the shoreline.
Candi Warren, former BP clean-up worker: This is for show… to make the condo owners — the property owners — think that the beachers are being cleaned up.
WKRG Reporter: She became concerned when she was instructed to remove oil from only the very surface of the sand though overnight, oil had become buried underneath sand — and is still there.
Warren: Cosmetic only, this is cosmetic. they told us not to dig.
Warren: We werent allowed to talk to the media.
Warren: The money’s being used — its being abused… One day the cleanup is really going to have to happen, and the money’s gonna be gone.