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Independent Weekly: BP prohibited workers from speaking with media

Posted May 30, 2010 10:54 p.m. EDT

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.