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Subject BP stops Coast Guard contracted research vessel from taking SAMPLES -- crew delayed for 3 weeks
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Original Message BP stops Coast Guard contracted research vessel from taking SAMPLES -- crew delayed for 3 weeks



Richard Camilli, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Dept. of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Testimony to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, September 27, 2010: BP had denied clearance for my team to use isobaric samplers to collect and analyze end member fluids from the leak.

From an August WHOI News Release: The NSF RAPID program, which provides grants for projects having a severe urgency and require quick-response research on natural disasters or other unanticipated events, significantly speeded up the acceptance of the WHOI proposals. "In contrast to the usual six-to-eighteen-month lead time for standard scientific proposals, our plume study was funded two days after the concept was proposed to NSF and went from notification of the proposal's acceptance to boarding the Endeavor in two-and-a-half weeks," Reddy said. Within days of being notified of the award, Reddy said the WHOI team reached out to NOAA, offering assistance in the laborious, but important, process of collecting and analyzing water samples for natural resource damage assessment (NRDA). In addition to conducting the work NSF funded, the WHOI team worked cooperatively with NOAA to collect data that will be used to determine damages and calculate a fair settlement for those affected by the massive spill.
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