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BP Tried to Control Research on Gulf Spill

How many insults to the environment — and its advocates — does it take before BP is held in total disregard? Clearly more than we thought, as new documents have surfaced showing how the oil supergiant attempted to control research into the effects of Gulf oil spill. — — JCL

The Guardian:

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?”

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