The investigation of the UME (unusual mortality event) regarding dolphin deaths in the gulf, currently being conducted by wildlife biologists contracted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, has been removed from public view. Scientists have been told that no findings may be released or discussed outside of the investigation team. Officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) insisted that confidentiality measures were warranted due to the government’s proposed litigation against BP.
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