These quotes were in a story about the gulf oil spill in the New York Times on Sunday (May 16):
“Scientists studying video of the gushing oil well have tentatively calculated that it could be flowing at a rate of 25,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil a day. But the government, working from satellite images of the ocean surface, has calculated a flow rate of only 5,000 barrels a day.
“BP has resisted entreaties from scientists that they be allowed to use sophisticated instruments at the ocean floor that would give a far more accurate picture of how much oil is really gushing from the well.
“‘The answer is no to that,’ a BP spokesman, Tom Mueller, said Saturday. ‘It is not relevant to the response effort, and it might even detract from the response effort.’”
Why is the U.S. government allowing BP to control the release of important information about the oil spill? The government should be SPEARHEADING efforts to gain scientific information on this terrible spill.
Is there a reason that BOTH our government AND BP don’t want us to know how much oil is REALLY gushing into the gulf? /Gary
Read the entire story in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/us/16oil.html