There's a lot we don't know about how the Gulf of Mexico continues to be impacted by BP's oil disaster—and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the Department of the Interior (DOI) and other federal and state agencies are conducting most of their official research behind closed doors.
The agencies have made some of their early study plans and data available, but—more than a year after the start of this disaster—we have yet to see even an overview of what is being learned about injury and recovery.
To develop a comprehensive restoration plan that leaves the Gulf, its communities, and its wildlife better off than before BP's disaster, we simply have to know what kind of studies NOAA and other agencies are undertaking and more about what they are finding
Please add your name before June 30 to our petition calling for more transparency in the Gulf.
We, the undersigned, join Ocean Conservancy in calling for more openness in NOAA's Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) in response to BP's oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Specifically, we urge NOAA and DOI to provide an overview of the impacts by sharing summary-level information on what is being learned.
Allowing the public and the scientific community access to this information is critical to the ultimate success of long-term Gulf restoration, because it helps us better understand what's happening and involve more stakeholders in the recovery and restoration of their region and livelihoods.
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