Linda Hooper-Bui, Louisiana State University Department of Entomology Associate Professor, writes in The Scientist, "My PhD student's ant samples were taken away by a US Fish and Wildlife officer at a publicly accessible state Wildlife Management Area because our project hadn't been approved by Incident Command."
What is the Incident Command? Hooper-Bui continues, "[It's] also called the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command -- which is a joint program of BP and federal agencies, such as the Coast Guard..."
She shares another similar experience, "Where our research trip was halted after driving more than 150 miles to a study site. On the way to our sampling sites in Grand Isle, LA, [we] were turned away by a sheriff's deputy blocking the road who said that he was told to allow no one who wasn't associated with BP or NRDA." The NRDA (National Resource Damage Assessment) process "is overseen by state, tribal and federal science agencies and is partially funded by BP."
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