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Family of Deepwater Horizon victim reflects on loss two years later

3 years ago April 20, 2012 Apr 20, 2012 Friday, April 20 2012 Friday, April 20, 2012 8:54:53 PM CDT in Top Story
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  Two years without Gordon Jones is still a hard reality for his father Keith.

"I feel angry, disappointed, I feel cheated," he said.

Gordon, 28-years-old when he died, had a wife, 2-year-old son Stafford, and baby boy Max on the way, he would never meet.  But time, and togetherness, have helped dim the despair.

"I think about Michelle's welfare and my gratitude that she's still here in Baton Rouge with us and how much family support she has and gives back to us," said Jones.

The kind of support Jones says his family's never gotten from any company tied to the Deepwater Horizon.

Jones said, "The one fact that mystifies and amazes everyone is that through all these two years, never once has anyone from BP ever said to anyone in our family, that they're sorry Gordon died on their rig."

Jones has been a part of trying to make them sorry in their pocketbooks.  He's been involved in attempts to change legislation in Washington, D.C., for future victims, and putting together a class-action settlement, currently estimated at almost $8 billion, for current victims, from businesses to families, affected by the spill.

Jones said, "Is this a financial cost great enough that BP will finally change the way they do business? I don't know."

Because Jones says BP hasn't batted an eye yet.

"I truly believe that Gordon and the other ten men were no different than any other eleven pieces of equipment on that rig to BP," he said.

And Jones fears it'll stay that way and happen again.

"If it's gonna happen, I want it to happen sooner rather than later," he said, "I want people, if another blowout happens, I want people to remember, to still remember the Deepwater Horizon so that maybe then, things can change."

Two other men that died, Blair Manuel and Karl Kleppinger, Jr., had ties to Baton Rouge.

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