Bottom-line: we were very disappointed to learn about this situation, as we want to maximize transparency and knowledge about the nature of this spill. However, and it wasn't the case here, we have to balance that with safety and interference with the clean-up efforts.
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By: Teddy Partridge Friday May 21, 2010
BP’s middle-of-the-night made-up claim about how much their wellhead is spilling, and the Coast Guard’s and NOAA’s repetition of that number without insisting on independent verification by outside experts and instruments, makes these federal agencies look incompetent. BP, through its duplicity and incompetence, has infected the exact agencies Americans, and especially American scientists want to work with and help: the Coast Guard & NOAA.
These agencies must free themselves from the corporate self-dealing and self-protection umbrella that BP has thrown over them.
Americans, and especially American scientists, need to trust the independence and competence of the Coast Guard and NOAA. Foolish episodes — like the Coast Guard backing BP’s play when CBS News is shooed away from reporting on oil-soaked beaches and silly kabuki like NOAA’s upbeat teleconferences whose purpose only seems to be to chastise the media for alarming the American people when they need reassurance — that make our federal government appear to be in BP’s pocket need to stop NOW.
Having BP involved in the media messaging, the scientific problem-solving, the accountability and the measurement of its own ongoing catastrophe is no different than freeing OJ Simpson to look for Nicole Brown’s real killer.
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