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.