Apparently, after working on Grand Isle, Dillon was transferred to the Unified Command Center in Houma, Louisiana, where he took the pictures that he believes got him fired. “They screwed up royally when they let me go,” Dillon told Mother Jones. “I was down there to do the right thing, to clean up. They just don’t know who they’re messing with.”

Indeed, few people involved with BP have been willing to open up with the media. Dillon’s decision to do so deserves praise (as the does the Coast Guard’s decision on Monday to allow the media to access safety zones around boom deployed on oiled coastlines), but in order to prove that this isn’t just a sour-grapes complaint against the company, we need more details from him. So, it will be interesting to see what else Dillon has to add (especially about those illicit photos) in the second part of his interview with WDSU, and hopefully his candor will encourage others to speak out.

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.