Newsweek has a great write up about how independent scientific queries into the Gulf of Mexico are being squashed. Only are few scientists were able to benefit from the National Science Foundation’s 10.2 million dollars in the rapid response research program and conduct independent research. Most research is being conducted by those funded by BP or working explicitly for the government through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Thus, the legal battle between the government and BP on the impacts and eventual liability is driving scientific research not good science. Overall the article provides an alarming and disturbing picture of the state of affairs.