Congressman reveals that BP official was allowed to review Feds' "Oil Budget" before publication — Listed as “independent scientist” by Obama administration


Letter to President Barack Obama, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), January 25, 2011:

I am concerned about the influence BP may have had on the [Oil Budget] report itself. Early drafts of the Oil Budget report list BP official Peter Carragher as an "independent scientist" who reviewed the report [see Attachment C].

His name was removed from later drafts and was not included in the final version of the report [see Attachment D].

I am concerned not only about any changes BP may have suggested to the report that were not publicly disclosed, but about how a report of this magnitude can be considered independent when the company under investigation had a staffer review a pre-publication draft.

Download report here.

h/t Dan Froomkin

4 comments to Congressman reveals that BP official was allowed to review Feds' "Oil Budget" before publication — Listed as “independent scientist” by Obama administration

  • As long as "scientists" have funding, both current and projected paid for by BP and other corporations, they are no longer "independent," they are bought and paid for. Just a thought as this is happening to many of our scientists now. They are just as dangerous as the corporations, they fall in lockstep with them and broadcast the numbers and findings of the corporations and do their bidding...we the people, the human impact, are ignored.

  • JEC

    Someone should check the input provided by BP to this document. Bet the "scientist" sent a draft to his "BP handlers". The guidelines should have stated no release --the "scientist" should have signed a no-disclosure prior to working on the project. Someone should take a good LONG look at the work, recommendations from anyone who is on "two" payrolls, when one is the government and one is BP. They are mutually exclusive.

  • soozla

    So---NOAA's Ms. Lubchenco offered an initial caution, as to how much oil has been "officially" dispersed from a ridiculous 75%, to a 50% dispersed by evaporation, burn, skim etc., 24% dispersed and 26% "residual" called light sheen, weathered tarballs, etc.(Just so many names.. for the various states of oil/dispersal).
    Why... that makes 100%! ...and the oil is gone.
    Whatever caution---cast to the wind as Ms. Lubchenko became a major "mouthpiece" for the government lies.

  • I wanted to comment, but I couldn't because the *report* page wouldn't download; I didn't have all the information.

    I appreciate the comments here -- so I'm not completely clueless. Thanks.

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