I do not know about anyone else, but I
do not trust Thad Allen when he says he
wants to, basically, "umbrella" all the
scientific data and independent research
so that it will be more cohesive and
available. Seems to me Thad had plenty
of time to encourage that sort of coming
together. Instead, there has been a lot
of intimidation by the government and
BP reps. There has also been a lot of
money thrown at researchers and experts
so that they signed off on nondisclosure
contracts with BP instead of championing
the truth for the American people.
Personally, I am ready to tell Thad
Allen who appears to speak out of the
side of his mouth, to shut the blink up.
Strategies for measuring oil and dispersant
in Gulf of Mexico discussed
Louisiana and Texas scientists gathered on the Tulane University campus Thursday to comment on a proposed sampling plan aimed at answering lingering questions about how much oil and dispersant remains in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent shoreline from the BP Macondo blowout.
"This is a plan to keep working until we're satisfied we know where the oil is and, in particular, anything we can do about it," said Steve Murawski, chief Science
adviser for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who explained the plan to participants.
Conflicting government and scientific reports, Murawski said, have resulted in public confusion about what components of the oil or dispersants are still in the water and how long they will last, and over statements that the oils has changed forms through dilution or diffusion, but has not completely disappeared.
"Unless we can demonstrate to everyone's satisfaction that we looked in pretty much every place it could be, then there will always be more questions," he said. "From the foot of the beach where the tide goes back and forth to around the well site and deeper."
Thursday's meeting in the Rogers Memorial Chapel at Tulane University was the last of three by Unified Command officials, including representatives of several federal agencies and BP and about 50 scientists. On Tuesday, officials met with Florida scientists at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, and on Wednesday, with scientists from Alabama and Mississippi at the Mississippi State University Extension Center in Biloxi.
The comprehensive search for oil and dispersant was proposed by National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen on Aug. 13, when he said he'd try to unify all existing and future research efforts.
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