Gee what a surprise. NOT.
Emails expose BP's attempts to control research into impact
of Gulf oil spill
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials discussing how to influence the work of scientists
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
Those concerns go far beyond academic interest into the impact of the spill. BP faces billions in fines and penalties, and possible criminal charges
arising from the disaster. Its total liability will depend in part on a final account produced by scientists on how much oil entered the gulf from its
blown-out well, and the damage done to marine life and coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The oil company disputes the government
estimate that 4.1m barrels of oil entered the gulf.
Read the BP internal meeting notes here
Truly disgusting. Those BP scumbags need to go to jail... for the rest of their lives.