The Case of the Missing $470 Million in BP’s Promised Research Fund

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20 August 2010

In the aftermath of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company pledged $500 million over the next 10 years to research investigating the spill’s environmental impact. But after about two months, most of the money still had not been distributed, with little information about when and how it ever would. I investigated the story for Science:

…Now that 2 months have passed with few clues about the fate of the money, scientists are worried that what many saw as their best hope for a long-term, comprehensive research plan will disappear along with the oil slick.

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