REVEALED: Ed Overton works for Feds and helps out company responsible for largest oil disaster in U.S. history… IN 1989!


Most people following the BP oil disaster have heard of Louisiana State University Professor Emeritus Ed Overton.

If you are not familiar with him, do a quick web search for 'Ed Overton' and 'BP' to get an idea. Then scroll down to watch Project Impact's latest videos featuring Overton.

In addition to consistently downplaying the impact of BP's disaster on the Gulf, Overton (though rarely, if ever, mentioning it) is also working for the federal government, reported the Times Picayune here and here.

Apparently, the more things change, the more they stay the same -- as the following article demonstrates.

EXXON SAYS UPPER INLET OIL NOT THEIRS, Anchorage Daily News, June 30, 1989:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is blaming the Exxon oil spill for yet another closure of the commercial salmon fishery in upper Cook Inlet, but Exxon says it may be getting a bum rap.

The only upper Inlet oil tested by chemists to date didn't come from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, the company [Exxon] said.

Tests [were] done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Valdez this week [on] a tar ball taken from the upper Inlet...

"It was undoubtedly a refined bunker (oil)," chemist Ed Overton, a chemical assessment expert on contract to NOAA, said Thursday night...

6 comments to REVEALED: Ed Overton works for Feds and helps out company responsible for largest oil disaster in U.S. history… IN 1989!

  • Mac

    For such an "expert", there sure were a lot of things he didn't seem to know ...

    Thanks for the article and thanks to Project Gulf Impact for the video!

  • I for one was not aware of this guy, much less of his murky past. Say that I'm following the catastrophe from the other side of the Atlantic and here, in Europe, media seem mostly silent about it (specially after the "top kill" operation).

  • Figi

    I knew it! Thought so all along.

  • ufyu

    another traitor to the people of the Gulf and the USA at large. Don't forget

  • Fight Corporate Corruption

    Shame on Ed Overton!

    Here’s a great resource for the TRUTH:

    The OIL SPILL CRISIS MAP is a partnership between Tulane University and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and allows Gulf Coast residents to share personal accounts of oil sightings, health problems, suspicious odors and other relevant information with the public.

    You can clearly see the extent and kinds of the DAMAGE in the Gulf. View the Oil Spill Crisis Map here: http://www.oilspill.labucketbrigade.org/

    Click on “BP Oil Spill” and you can see the locations of: oil in the water, oil on shore, odor, health effects, harmed marine wildlife, other wildlife, property damaged by oil, threatened livelihood, community organizing and meetings, and other topics.

    We need to keep this tragedy in the media and visible every day.

    Website: http://www.oilspill.labucketbrigade.org/

  • suspicious odors and other relevant information with the public.

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