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US downplayed effect of Deepwater oil spill on whales, emails reveal

US downplayed effect of Deepwater oil spill on whales, emails reveal

Documents obtained by Greenpeace show officials controlling information about wildlife affected by the disaster

The images from the summer of 2010 were undoubtedly gruesome: the carcass of a young sperm whale, decayed and partially eaten by sharks, sighted at sea south of the Deepwater Horizon oil well.

It was the first confirmed sighting of a dead whale since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April that year – a time of huge public interest in the fate of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other threatened animals – and yet US government officials suppressed the first reports of the discovery and blocked all images until now.

The photographs, along with a cache of emails obtained by the campaign group Greenpeace under freedom of information provisions and made available to the Guardian, offer a rare glimpse into how many whales came into close contact with the gushing BP well during the oil spill. Read more.

Suzanne Goldenberg | The Guardian | 24th October 2012

A small price for a top gig

It brought thousands of people into Preston city centre and created an electric atmosphere as people lined the streets to see it – but the cost of bringing the Olympic torch to the city was minimal.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that Preston Council spent just £12,943.96 on allowing the torch to pass through the city on the run up to the games in the summer.

The Olympic Torch came to the Preston on June 23 and an estimated 10,000 entered into the Olympic spirit to the flame. Read more.

Lancashire Evening Post | 25th October 2012

Cinema trips cost Strathclyde £45k

The University of Strathclyde will spend almost £45,000 on its temporary relocation of lectures to Cineworld, The Journal can reveal.

Lectures for teaching activities were relocated to the city centre cinema following the closure of the university’s Jordanhill campus.

Information obtained under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act show that the university will pay £44,482 inclusive of VAT this academic year with the last class expected to take place in Cineworld in March 2013. The figure includes £5,532 for audio video resources, internet access and equipment costs. Read more.

Gareth Llewellyn | The Journal | 24th October 2012

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