75 percent of board overseeing major study into effects of oil spill have ties to BP

Florida marine research group gets $10 million from BP to study oil spill’s effects, Palm Beach Post, June 15, 2010:

Tuesday’s announcement came 12 days after a contentious meeting in Louisiana in which some scientists accused BP of trying to control the research by selecting the research topics and the members of an advisory committee that would select the institutions to oversee the money and research. …

Two members have ties to a San Francisco company linked to the head of the group that sponsored the Louisiana meeting. Robert Gagosian, a board member of Climos, is president of the sponsoring group, Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

Appointed to the advisory board were Dr. Rita Colwell, a member of Climos’ science advisory board, and Dr. Margaret Leinen, Climate Response Fund CEO and mother of Climos founder Dan Whaley. …

Climos was started with financing from Braemar Venture Capital, on whose board sits David Fitzsimmons – former CEO of BP’s international oil trading business, president of BP Asia and commercial director responsible for BP’s gas, power and renewable business.


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