Scientists Pressed To Lowball Deepwater Spill Rate: Enviros

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 3:09 PM EST) -- The White House pressured scientists to downplay the oil spill rate after the BP PLC Deepwater Horizon disaster and conceal key data, an advocacy group alleged Monday in a scientific integrity complaint filed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA scientist William Lehr’s manipulation of oil-spill rate tests amid pressure from the Obama administration hindered efforts to clean the massive spill and cap the well, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility contended in its complaint filed with the NOAA.

As evidence of this pressure, PEER cites...
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