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  •  Not alone, but still not right (0+ / 0-)

    I get that they are protecting themselves by limiting the amount of information that can be gathered at a disaster site, but look at the Arkansas example (my state and I'm upset about it), media was not prevented from observing the site from a distance or from flying over it.  They were only prevented from low elevation flights.

    In the Gulf, crude oil (and often dispersants) were everywhere.  If anyone came in contact with those substances and then got sick, they'd sue BP.  Why would the company want to allow media free reign to all dip their bare hands in crude to make a story?

    I agree that greater scrutiny of disaster sites would be great, but there are legitimate safety and liability concerns at play as well.  Remember that the EPA is already all over these things with their own sampling teams.  Usually the state DEQ people are there too.

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