Released Docs Reveal Deadly Blow to Whales After BP Disaster
Previously unreleased emails and photos obtained by Greenpeace and shared with The Guardian newspaper show that US officials downplayed and kept secret information regarding the impact of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster on the health of whale populations in the Gulf of Mexico.
The photographs show a dead sperm whale, take from an observation vessel belonging to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the emails document several instances where sperm whales, including juveniles, were spotted in the vacinity of the Deepwater disaster “covered in oil.”
The documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Greenpeace. NOAA officials refused to respond to newspaper’s request for comment.