30,000 Confidential Government Documents About The Gulf Oil Spill Made Available By Greenpeace

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Here's one for the more enterprising investigators in the TreeHugger audience: Under the Freedom of Information Act Greenpeace has collected some 30,000 confidential documents related to the Gulf oil spill and made them available in the new PolluterWatch Research site. Included in the documents are internal correspondence with BP, flight records, notes about the types of animal carcasses collected and much (much) more. Frankly, with all the documents on the site it's going to take a long while to go through them--and other than some brief perusal I haven't yet--but if you're so interested, I encourage you to do so. Be aware that, at least at the time of this writing, logging in under a guest account took a couple tries to actually get in. And you'll want to navigate to the Repository section of the site to get the goods.

Even Greenpeace hasn't really had a chance to go through all the newly obtained documents, but some of the highlights (lowlights?) of what they've found so far include: Messages indicating that the official claim that 75% of the oil was gone was "hotly contested" by scientists and that the government "seriously underplayed" the impact of oil on marine life.

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