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Worst-case oil spill figures blocked



The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been, according to a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

In documents released Wednesday, the national oil spill commission's staff reveals that in late April or early May the White House budget office denied a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make public the worst-case discharge from the blown-out well. The Unified Command - the government team in charge of the spill response - also was discussing the possibility of making the numbers public, the report says, citing interviews with government officials.

The commission staff also released studies on the use of dispersants, government decision-making and the prospects for oil exploration in the waters off Alaska.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 3:55pm]


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