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EPA Whistle-blowers allege: Admin withheld documents that contradicted its August “most BP oil gone from Gulf” pronouncment

September 19, 2010

The  McClatchy article shown below reports disturbing allegations by EPA whistle blowers that the Administration withheld information that contradicted its August low-ball estimates of the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf from BP’s disastrous oil gush. The whistle-blowers have taken their case to court.

I previously wrote two posts:  August 8, 2010 and  August 20 outlining evidence from independent scientists indicating that the Administration’s rush to declare the problem over was premature and based on faulty science. We hope that the Administration will refrain from any cherry picking of the data or skewing the results in the interest of political gain. Here is the article:

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Lawsuit asks if science was manipulated in oil spill estimates
Renee Schoof / McClatchy Newspapers, September 17th, 2010

WASHINGTON — An environmental whistleblower group charges in a lawsuit that the Obama administration is withholding documents that would reveal why it issued an estimate on the gravity of the Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout that later was proved to be far too low.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued Thursday in federal court, claiming that federal officials are withholding hundreds of pages of reports and communications between scientists on the Flow Rate Technical Group, who were tasked with making the estimates, and Marcia McNutt, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey, who chaired the technical group and released a summary of its findings.

To read the full story to the article in the Anchorage Daily News

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