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