Commerce Dept. Forbids Biologists from Releasing Data Regarding Gulf Dolphin Deaths

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies veterinary technician Wendy Hatchett lifts a dead bottlenose dolphin that was found on Ono Island, Alabama. Feb. 22, 2011 (photo: Semansky/AP)
Scientists working for the National Marine Fisheries Service have been told to not publicly discuss the investigation into why dolphins are dying in large numbers along the Gulf Coast, where the nation’s worst-ever oil spill occurred last year.
Officials with the Department of Commerce, which oversees the fisheries service, placed a gag order on biologists hired to collect samples from the approximately 200 dolphins found dead so far this year. Some scientists say they’ve been admonished by the federal government for speaking to the media about the recent “unusual mortality event,” or the other 90 dead dolphins discovered in 2010 following the BP oil spill that polluted large sections of the Gulf of Mexico.
One biologist interviewed by Reuters said the gag order “throws accountability right out the window” and has left scientists “confused” and “angry” because it may hamper the investigation into what is killing the mammals.
Dolphin carcasses, including dozens of stillborn and immature babies, began showing up in coastal waters in January, before the species’ traditional birthing season.
According the Fisheries Service, no samples may be sent for analysis without the permission of the government because of a federal “criminal investigation associated with the oil spill.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Dolphin Samples Leaving Coast (by Karen Nelson, Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald)


Boner 13 years ago
coleen - yeah, that was quiet, what you said. good luck with that.
Coleen 13 years ago
I'm waiting for the day when everyone wakes up -- when their precious children start bleeding out and dying from the Corexit/petroleum products AND the cancer-causing radiation soaked rain that's falling all over the U.S. that the government is hiding from everyone. Of course, no one wants to see children die, but THEN... THEN private justice is going to KICK IN. It is going to be a sight to behold. I just hope people do it QUIETLY and are really sneaky about it and don't publicly riot. CAN'T WAIT. "Representatives," government officials, CEOs of corporations, military/banking/industrial/pharmaceutical/chemical complex and all their stockholders that profit from death, destruction and rebuilding are going to be running for cover like the cockroaches they are and shitting in their pants all at the same time. I hope they have their underground bunkers that we paid for in good order. They're going to need them. Really soon would be my guess.
Vive 13 years ago
I'm amazed, as many must be, to hear of this “criminal investigation associated with the oil spill" which sounds even better if you say it real fast. It certainly seems reasonable to keep secret a threat to the public health for reasons of legal expediency however baffling their applications are to dolphin autopsy results. Oh. Wait. Maybe the party under criminal investigation is the government.
Samual Adams 13 years ago
No problems, you can trust your Washington federalists government. Just ask Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Black Kettle. There is no longer rule of law in American Government, its a cabal, it is us, the people, VS them, the elite and whom soever draws a paycheck from govt. If they will not obey rule of law, then they will get no respect from us in the fifty states. Lies and deception are the font and trademarks of warfare - Milton William Cooper So lies and deception to these government agencies and have no regrets about it people, since they are at war against us, the people. Secede from this empire, since it has seceded from us. Congress has abdicated its throne, they no longer follow rule of law, nor do they represent us, the voters. We no longer need a federal congress because they are acting now in behalf of the executive branch and the mecantilists. It is "they" against "us". They have declared No quarter. Look at what they are doing in Libya, aligned with al-CIA-Duh rebels in behalf of george the puke soros.

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