Report: BP attempts to hire Gulf scientist at $250/hour, must keep research confidential for 3 years; Some from LSU, Texas A&M have accepted


BP buys up Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community, Alabama Press-Register, July 16, 2010:

[C]ontract offered to scientists by BP... prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years. ...

More than one scientist interviewed by the Press-Register described being offered $250 an hour through BP lawyers. ... Scientists from Louisiana State University, University of Southern Mississippi and Texas A&M have reportedly accepted, according to academic officials. ...

Richard Shaw, associate dean of LSU's School of the Coast and Environment, said... "The first order of business at the research meetings is to get all the disclosures out. Who has a personal connection to BP?"...

You agree to communicate with BP through their attorneys and to take orders from their attorneys. ... scientists will be paid only for research approved in writing by BP.

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