BP has a Jobs Plan — They want to Buy Scientists

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BP buys up Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community

Ben Raines, Press-Register — July 16, 2010

More than one scientist interviewed by the Press-Register described being offered $250 an hour through BP lawyers. At eight hours a week, that amounts to $104,000 a year.


The contract makes it clear that BP is seeking to add scientists to the legal team that will fight the Natural Resources Damage Assessment lawsuit that the federal government will bring as a result of the Gulf oil spill.

Is it their Scientific Expertise, that they want —

Or their Scientific Silence? Either way recruiting for data scientist job roles is becoming harder and harder no matter what, read the article linked to find out a bit more as to why.

[Continuing from the previous link …]

For the last few weeks, BP has been offering signing bonuses and lucrative pay to prominent scientists from public universities around the Gulf Coast to aid its defense against spill litigation.


The university declined because of confidentiality restrictions that the company sought on any research.

The Press-Register obtained a copy of a contract offered to scientists by BP. It prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years.

Sounds like BP wants to buy their Silence.

Sounds familar.  BP’s hired hands for clean up and skimming — face similar Free Speech Restrictions.

The sound of silence … is Golden, I guess …

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), who is filing suit, on behave of the Gulf Coast Eco-systems, has blown the whistle, on this questionable effort by BP to corral up all the local Marine Scientists, to their side of the Legal ledger.

NRDC, has no problem, with the Funding of the Scientific Studies, per se — just with BP’s insistence on Veto Power over those Study’s results.

Report: BP Looks To Buy Up Gulf Coast Scientists

Oil Giant Apparently Offering Lucrative Pay to Academics in Order To Aid Against Lawsuits

CBS News — July 16, 2010

The National Resources Defense Council has also claimed that BP is seeking to obstruct scientific research. BP earlier announced it had earmarked $500 million to scientists to study the oil spill. But the NRDC said the oil company is simply buying the cooperation of the scientists who collect valuable data.

In a letter to BP’s CEO Tony Hayward, NRDC director Peter Lehner said the company should give the money to an independent entity like the National Academy of Sciences, which would then dole out the sums to other scientists. “Anything less must be construed as BP’s attempt to control the study,” NRDC blogger Sarah Chasis said.

Peter Lehner, Executive Director of NRDC, spells out some their Scientific expectations that BP needs to follow, IF the Science they underwrite, is to be considered independent, unbiased, and ultimately Valid

NRDC director Peter Lehner’s Letter to BP (pdf)

June 14, 2010

Tony Hayward, CEO, BP


To ensure that the $500 million is spent in a way that advances scientific understanding of key issues, research should be selected, funded, overseen and disseminated so as to produce accurate results and greater public and scientific understanding, not in ways that distort or appear to distort the research agenda or research results, or that mislead the public about the true impact of the disaster.


1) The money should be put into a fund overseen by an entity that is completely independent of BP and any other oil industry ties or influence.


2) The data and research results from the research that BP funds must be made public. BP should have no control whatsoever over the design of the research, its conclusions or its publication.

3) BP must not ask scientists to limit their ability to testify in court or elsewhere for any party.

Peter Lehner

Executive Director, NRDC

In this age, where nearly everything has its Price — without much concern for the consequences of “stacking the deck” … or “Regulatory Corner-Cutting” …

I guess were about to find out if the Gulf Coast Environment, and the essential Science necessary to spell out the Impacts of Big Oil’s “uncontrolled experiment” —

I guess were about to see if that Pursuit of Science, has its Price as well?

Hmmm, If BP can buy up simply hire, entire University Depts — does their clout extend to Governmental Depts too … one wonders?

Where are the Scientists of NOAA and EPA and FWS and USGS and MMS ???

And will they be studying the Gulf Impacts?

Or studying just the ‘same stuff‘ they did last year?  (The science of ‘Status Quo’, don’t ya know?)

WHEN will American Scientists Step up — and say in one quiet, insistent Voice:


Let the Facts Stand.


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    • jamess on July 17, 2010 at 00:53

    it kind of makes you wonder,

    what is the Value of “the Truth”?

    • jamess on July 17, 2010 at 02:07

    kicks Corporate butt …

    National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

    check em out.

    • Edger on July 17, 2010 at 02:22

    they wouldn’t make so much money from BP. They’re too effing smart for their own good if they do this for BP!  

  1. Real scientists eat quiche & are not for sale.

  2. over the past three plus decades, I’ve encountered a number of “experts” representing the opposite party in court (as part of my profession), who seem willing to set aside all ethical standards to render whatever opinion the party hiring them wants to hear.

    Unfortunately, in all too many cases, innocent people are seriously harmed when the courts accept such tainted testimony. Fortunately, so far in my career, judges and juries have concurred with my recommendations, which have been made with the safety and wellbeing of all as my primary consideration.

    The only question would be whether these scientists are bought, rented or leased. I suspect that if these despicable opportunists were to eventually be tormented by a guilty conscience, a public confession of their previous “sins” would likely result in extremely severe retribution.  I will leave the rest to your imagination.

  3. Having been involved in many arenas of the law over my life, I can tell you that there are “whores” a plenty out there, who would sell their very own mother.  BP is looking for “expert witnesses,” at somewhat of a “pauper’s” fee (they’re certainly on “top” of the times, eh?).  

    All BP cares about is it’s oil wells, it’s investors, how they can screw people (just look at their obscene profits over the years), and how they can seek and employ means, at the cheapest rate, to avoid responsibility altogether, or to make sure it is minimal to them, at best.  

    This is a company, whose criminal negligence, without elaboration, has created a disaster, the affects of which are yet to be known.  But, without mention of all the heartbreak of this whole despicable happening, the “food chain” and it’s disruption is already occurring.  The sea turtles are reliant on “living organisms” in the marine life that are dying and/or dead!  What is to become of the sea turtles?  What is to become of the inter-connectivity of life?  No one seems to fully understand the impact of all of this, this could be the beginning of the . . . . . .!    

    BP does not CARE!  Apparently, our government is also on the the “we do not care” list and are joined in the stupidity and negligence of BP!

    The “life” in the Gulf is lost treasure — not replaceable for decades — even, if then!  

    Just how much more must we feel and be sickened before people really start to wake up?

    One thing’s for sure — you wouldn’t have to talk two minutes to a coastal business owner or worker — they KNOW the score all the way around!  


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