He was on board the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20th when the explosion rocked the rig and sparked the oil disaster. That date was also Dale's wedding anniversary, and now it also marks the date of his death. Had he survived the explosion, he would have turned 38 the following Saturday. Burkeen's body was never found following the explosion.
Dale's family said BP waited days to tell them he was gone, and they have never offered an explanation or apology.
"It makes me angry in a way, because there's got to be an explanation," said Felicia Hamilton. "It makes me wonder, what if it was their son or brother out there? Would they still say I have no explanation?"
"Does BP have any real compassion?" Sawyer asked.
"They have not called us one time to say we're sorry your son has lost his life out there," said Mary, who wants to travel to the site of the rig to lay a wreath for her son. "I feel the only way I can come to a closure is when they get all this oil up."