The New York Times: Conflict of Interest Worries Raised in Spill Tests

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Local environment officials throughout the Gulf are collecting samples of water, sediment and marine animal tissue. The data is being collected for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, which is the federal process for determining the extent of the damage of the spill, the amount of money owed, and how it should be spent to restore the environment. The data will also likely be used in civil suits.

Since hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, some are questioning the potential conflicts of interest arising from BP’s role in every aspect of the aftermath of the spill.

One source of doubt is the independence of the Texas lab, which officials have chosen to process virtually all of the samples, is part of an oil and gas services company that counts oil firms, including BP, among its biggest clients.

READ THIS STORY AT NYTIMES.COM

 

Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Demetrius Kennon
Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Demetrius Kennon
Local environment officials throughout the Gulf are collecting samples of water, sediment and marine animal tissue. The data is being collected for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, which is the federal process for determining the extent of the damage of the spill, the amount of money owed, and how it should be spent to restore the environment. The data will also likely be used in civil suits.

Since hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, some are questioning the potential conflicts of interest arising from BP’s role in every aspect of the aftermath of the spill.

One source of doubt is the independence of the Texas lab, which officials have chosen to process virtually all of the samples, is part of an oil and gas services company that counts oil firms, including BP, among its biggest clients.

READ THIS STORY AT NYTIMES.COM 

Niamh Marnell

Niamh Marnell

Niamh Marnell earned a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago where she examined organizations and power from the perspective of political science and sociology. You can follow her at http://twitter.com/NiamhMarnell.

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