Yorktown family wants justice for BP rig explosion

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

July 8, 2014 at 2:08 a.m.
Updated July 9, 2014 at 2:09 a.m.

Adam Weise

Adam Weise

More than four years after a Yorktown man was killed in a Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, his family is unwavering -- BP was responsible.

Adam Weise, 24, who worked for Transocean, was about to end his two-week-long work schedule on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

"In 20 minutes, he would've been off," his grandmother, Nelda Winslette, said Tuesday.

Weise was in the pump room with several other men and "never knew what hit them," his mother, Arleen Weise, 60, said.

"I knew within 24 hours of them calling me that if they hadn't found them, he was dead," Weise said. "My mom just thinks by some miracle, he'll come walking in, but he won't."

While she doesn't know the men who are being sought on manslaughter charges individually, she thinks BP should be taken to task for its lack of safety.

"When Adam was off work, he was off work, and he left work behind. ... The only thing he said was that it was the rig from hell," Weise said, adding that tells her something was awry there.

Winslette, 80, agreed and heard that BP officials were on the rig the night before the explosion and noticed rubber coming up from the well.

"Why didn't they shut it down? Maybe they had a deadline to meet or that they wanted to meet. I think it all comes down to the almighty dollar," Winslette said.

"I hope that in some way justice can be done for the men who lost their lives because they have been so overlooked," Weise added.

Jason Anderson, whose family is from Bay City, was also killed in the explosion.

His family could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

He was married and had two children, according to a Facebook page about a memorial golf tournament held each year in his honor.



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