Government to underwater-oil-discovering scientists: "Silence!"

Another disgusting chapter in BP/government’s catastrophic response to the appalling recklessness that produced an environmental catastrophe:

Over the weekend, a research crew from the University of Southern Mississippi found evidence that there are 3 to 5 [underwater oil] plumes… About 5 miles wide, 10 miles long and 3 hundred feet in depth.

But after giving that information to the press, the lead researcher now says he has been asked by the federal government… Which funds his research… To quit giving interviews until further testing is done.

It sure seems the government is doing everything it can to help the oil industry whitewash this disaster. They won’t share data. They won’t let reporters into the oil crisis management center. They won’t let reporters visit beaches. They won’t let scientists do research. And they have repeatedly parroted BP’s absurdly low estimates of the flow of oil.

Maybe this is Obama’s Katrina.

Posted by James on Wednesday, May 19, 2010