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Independent Weekly: BP prohibited workers from speaking with media

Posted May 30, 2010

Journalists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say they have obtained a BP contractor agreement that states workers were not allowed to speak with the media.

Read the Independent Weekly report on UNC journalists and the BP spill

The oil company reversed that policy last week.

UNC journalists are in the Gulf working with Powering a Nation, which probes U.S. energy conflict.

A blast at the Deepwater rig, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, led to the leak on April 20.

BP is trying several options to stop the flow of oil.

Officials say the gusher is the worst in American history, surpassing the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. About 11 million gallons leaked from the Exxon Valdez in 1989.

The BP spill has already released between 18 million and 40 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, according to government estimates.


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  • chivegas May 31, 2010

    If you've ever worked for an employer that has more than a few dozen employees, you'd find this is quite common. I'd wager to say that almost 100% of large public corporations have their employees sign such agreements at hiring. Hence why they have Public relations peeps.

    You don't want every uneducated, disgruntled employees out there making baseless public remarks. Trust me, the media doesn't want that either. It would only hurt their credibility when they find out the employee(s) embellished for their own benefit.

  • pbjbeach May 31, 2010

    How is it that BP is being allowed to supress the u.s constitutional rights of it's workers to speak out about safety issues in the work place. perhaps if they would have listen to otheir worker in the first place that they would not now be facing the worst oil spill in us history . that is all that the u.s. coporate instrest is instrested in accomplishing these days is the suppression of their worker rights within the workforce it seem to me anyway thank you