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June 14, 2010
Tony Hayward, CEO, BP
To ensure that the $500 million is spent in a way that advances scientific understanding of key issues, research should be selected, funded, overseen and disseminated so as to produce accurate results and greater public and scientific understanding, not in ways that distort or appear to distort the research agenda or research results, or that mislead the public about the true impact of the disaster.
1. The money should be put into a fund overseen by an entity that is completely independent of BP and any other oil industry ties or influence.
2. The data and research results from the research that BP funds must be made public. BP should have no control whatsoever over the design of the research, its conclusions or its publication.
3. BP must not ask scientists to limit their ability to testify in court or elsewhere for any party.
Executive Director, NRDC
NOAA officials did not answer requests for comment. The agency also did not respond to a request for the contracts that it offers scientists receiving federal grants. Several scientists said the NOAA contract was nearly as restrictive as the BP version.
The decision by BP to stop reimbursing Escambia County for water quality testing done by the University of West Florida — and the apparent meek submission to the demand by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection — is short-sighted and counterproductive.
It is also not the first time we've heard complaints from university scientists in Florida about efforts that appear aimed at keeping our universities at an arm's-length distance from collecting needed data on the Gulf and the impact of the spill.
JULY TOTAL: $2,273,549
"It's hugely destructive. I mean at some level, this is really BP versus the people of the United States."
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Originally posted by dead shrimp blues
We have been discussing this on several facebook pages. We are ground zero of the oil spill. Any southern universities that take the money and lie well be dealt with. You don't keep things quite among Southerners.