BP Hiring Scientists To 'Study' Oil Spill... But Prohibits Them From Publishing Or Sharing Research
from the that's-not-how-science-works dept
Glyn Moody points us to the news that BP has apparently been hiring up a bunch of local scientists associated with various Gulf Coast universities to study the impact of the oil spill. While some might suggest at least BP should be paying for some of the analysis of the damage it has done, the details suggest that this is more about silencing the scientists. That's because part of the contract it's making them sign is an agreement that they won't publish or share their data for at least three years. That's generally not how scientists work. They look to share data with others and to publish frequently. When one university told BP it couldn't accept such confidentiality requirements, BP went elsewhere. In other words, it's pretty clear that this has nothing to do with actually understanding and letting the world know what has happened. It's about keeping it quiet for as long as possible.