Scientists Allege Federal Govít Tried to Muffle Plume Findings
by Marian Wang August 10, 2010
When news first spread about the huge plumes of dispersed oil discovered by scientists in the deep waters of the Gulf, the federal governmentís reaction was to criticize the mediaís reporting <1>. Hereís the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on May 17:
Media reports related to the research work conducted aboard the R/V Pelican included information that was misleading, premature and, in some cases, inaccurate.
Now, scientists behind some of the plume research have spoken out about what went on behind the scenes <2> with the federal agencies that sponsored their research. The St. Petersburg Times relays this from one scientist at the University of South Florida:
"I got lambasted by the Coast Guard and NOAA when we said there was undersea oil," USF marine sciences dean William Hogarth said. Some officials even told him to retract USF's public announcement, he said, comparing it to being "beat up" by federal officials.
9. I generally credit those reading my posts with the discernment to
"get it" that I'm being sarcastic without my using the infamous Thingie. As it happens, BL & I have sufficient "history" here to know that we're both on the same side of the fence on most things. Including thins issue, of course.
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