Problems Conducting Research for Oil Spill – shortage of equipment and politics affect choice of researchers

Gulf Disaster Changes Landscape for Scientists Eager to Do Research. ProPublico, June 29.

At a time when some scientists are more eager than ever to gather information on the state of the Gulf, it seems their access to the Gulf is also more limited than ever. That’s because the federal government has swept up the available research vessels and hired consulting firms to do the work, according to Richard Shaw, associate dean of the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. As a result, ship time–and direct access to the Gulf to take samples–is nearly impossible for independent scientists to come by.

Other problems include the Gulf State Governors directing research funds to their state institutions.

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