Emails expose BP's attempts to control research into impact of Gulf oil spill | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Shockers.BP officials tried to take control of a $500m fund pledged by the oil company for independent research into the consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it has emerged.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials openly discussing how to influence the work of scientists supported by the fund, which was created by the oil company in May last year.
Russell Putt, a BP environmental expert, wrote in an email to colleagues on 24 June 2010: "Can we 'direct' GRI [Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative] funding to a specific study (as we now see the governor's offices trying to do)? What influence do we have over the vessels/equipment driving the studies vs the questions?".
The email was obtained by Greenpeace and shared with the Guardian.
The documents are expected to reinforce fears voiced by scientists that BP has too much leverage over studies into the impact of last year's oil disaster.
Article also notes that the Obama white house attempted to downplay the effects of the oil spill in the gulf and was sharply rebuked by the director of NOAA. NOAA, whose budget was on the chopping block this month, remember them? I wonder why NOAA has been singled out for the budget axe?
On the gulf coast, we know them well, their work is tremendously important, to all of us, during hurricane season. But, of course, they've also been responsible for reporting inconvenient truths about the gulf oil spill and its residual effects...