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GRIFFIN: A BP spokesman tells CNN the company has, quote, a "zero tolerance" policy regarding retaliation. The company, he says, is unaware of any unresolved cases that violate the policy.

And there's this: not long after he took over as chairman of BP America, Lamar McKay met with Congressman Stupak.

STUPAK: One of the first things Mr. McKay said was, I'm going to replace the ombudsman. I want to shut her down. And we asked, what do you mean? I mean, he wasn't even on the job, but a few weeks and maybe a month or two, and start wanting to shut down the ombudsman. We have encouraged him not to do so.

GRIFFIN (on camera): Doesn't it stun you that that he would make that remark?

STUPAK: Yes, it did. We were shocked that he would even bring it up in the first meeting, and then in the second meeting we had with them. The logic was, well, we'll make things better. Well, we don't see --

GRIFFIN: Their logic was "Trust us"?

STUPAK: Trust us.

GRIFFIN: You don't?


GRIFFIN (voice-over): BP has said it can do a good job investigating complaints through an established internal system without the ombudsman's office.

PASCAL: I think at some point a reasonable person has to come to the conclusion that this is a company that has no intention of changing its mode of operation, that the dollar is going to be paramount, and that the health, safety -- and safety of American workers and the American environment are a secondary or tertiary concern.

GRIFFIN: Before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP promised Stupak in writing that its watchdog unit would be in place for at least another year. But a source inside the ombudsman's office tells CNN, "Frankly, I'm surprised we're still here."

Drew Griffin, CNN, Seattle.


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