Like BP, NOAA requires scientists to sign contracts preventing release of their findings


The Associated Press has followed up on Ben Raines' July 16 Alabama Press-Register article "BP buys up Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community".

Both articles reported that BP is offering Gulf Coast professors and scientists high paying contracts that prevent the release of their findings for three years.

The president of the American Association of University Professors said the information surpressed  by BP may contain information that is key to restoring the Gulf.

A corporation acting in it's own best interests by suppressing important information is hardly surprising.

Though, according to the AP, "Researchers are asked to sign similar contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency charged with tracking the oil and assessing the damage."

It's clear BP is not the only entity trying to prevent important scientific research from being shared with the public.

4 comments to Like BP, NOAA requires scientists to sign contracts preventing release of their findings

  • "It’s clear BP is not the only entity trying to prevent important scientific research from being shared with the public"

    They lie, we die.

  • Isn't NOAA subject to FOIA?

  • Brandy

    If you want to find out what is at stake, google exxon valdez health issues where most of the cleanup workers are dead, average live span 51 years, housing values plummeted and never recovered and the oil is still coming up on the beaches because the dispersant was the wrong thing to do, left it suspended until later tides, weather conditions and just plain deterioration of the corexit effects. Yes, exxon used the same dispersant BP is now using. Highly, highly toxic causing multiple kinds of cancers, lung problems, etc. Follow Exxon Valdez and you will be able to write the book on BP. I too have been put off by BP. Their head guys says "not enough money in the world to pay for diminished property values?" That is crap !!! For a company that made $5,598 million, or better stated, $5.598 billion dollars in the first "90 DAYs of 2010 " their reaction is nothing less than criminal. First a greed driven disaster and now buying scientists and professors to NOT go public with their findings? This should be pursued in criminal courts.

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