In addition to the oil plume that continues to pollute our Gulf Coast, a disturbing trend is growing around the disaster: Information and access is being denied to those seeking to study the situation.
BP officials claim that the examples where media or researchers have been denied access are only a trickle. But more instances keep surfacing.
A plane flying a newspaper photographer is denied access to the airspace above oil slicks. Scientists wait three weeks for images to study the gushing oil. A Florida senator is told he can’t take reporters along on a gulf tour. A television crew is threatened with arrest for trying to film a damaged public beach.
The access and information have been denied by BP officials, or U.S. officials, or, most disturbingly, U.S. officials after consultation with BP officials.
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When confronted with such stories, officials tut-tut and say such problems will be fixed. Yet complaints mount.
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