BP victim remembered by brother five years later

BP victim remembered by brother five years later

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The brother of one of the men who was killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion is speaking out, five years later.

Chris Jones says he misses his brother Gordon every day, and says Congress, and the oil companies have done little to change.

The pain doesn't go away.

"There's very rarely a day that I don't think about him because of the things that remind me of him, and this disaster," Chris Jones said. Gordon Jones was one of 11 killed on the night of April 20th, 2010.

The explosion, and resulting fire were so violent, the victims were never found.

"It's kind of hard to believe it's been five years," Jones said.

Gordon Jones left behind a pregnant wife, and one year old boy. The children are now five and six.

"They're doing fine, his two boys are growing up and getting big," Jones sighed.

Gordon Jones was an avid golfer, who chose to become a mud engineer, for M-I SWACO, a division of Schlumberger. He had just boarded the rig, when it blew up.

"We were told by his co-worker that he let him get off early...and he told him he would take over, and I don't know if that's the difference between Gordon being alive or dead," Jones said.

He says the pain doesn't go away, especially on the anniversary of the tragedy.

"It's important that we keep Gordon's memory alive, we do things on the 20th every year," Jones said.

Victims' families say the tragedy was compounded by the nearly 100 year old death on the high seas act' which strictly limits what someone killed at sea can recover.

"Someone who is killed in federal waters...with no spouse, the value of their death is limited to the cost of their funeral essentially," Jones said.

A year after the accident, victims' relatives lobbied congress to change the law.

"When people take those higher decisions, like BP, they're making decisions about people's lives, and they should be held responsible criminally and financially," Jones said.

But Congress, never changed the law, and Chris Jones says the family never recovered a penny from BP.

"The only thing I can think of, is when this happened there was a lot of momentum. Now the oil has stopped; we're still finding tar balls in the gulf, and there's disputed facts about how bad the oil was," said Jones.

Worse yet, Jones says BP has never apologized.

"They had multiple opportunities in Congress, at a Transocean conference, they had the opportunities but never once took advantage of that very important aspect of their responsibility. I question whether they've made the necessary changes to make sure something like this doesn't happen again," Jones said.

Five years later, the Jones family tries to move on.

"It's nice that they go to the same schools that my kids go to..we see them a lot," Jones said.

But their father, will always be missed.

"Just him being here, when these anniversaries comes up, it makes you miss him," Jones said.

Chris Jones says he acknowledges the importance of the oil industry, but he says they shouldn't cut corners, as a White House commission found was part of the reason for the disaster.

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