BP and Coast Guard Blocking Media from Public Beaches

Thursday, May 20, 2010
By Paul Martin

by eBoom Staff

CBS has footage of their reporters being turned away from a public beach in Louisiana where they were filming oil washing up on shore.

“This is BP’s rules, it’s not ours,” someone aboard the boat said. Coast Guard officials told CBS that they’re looking into it.

According to Mother Nature Network’s Karl Burkhart, his contacts in Louisiana have given him unconfirmed reports of equipment being turned away or confiscated.

UPDATE: the unified command center for the Deepwater Disaster has issued a statement saying that,” Neither BP nor the U.S. Coast Guard, who are responding to the spill, have any rules in place that would prohibit media access to impacted areas and we were disappointed to hear of this incident.” But added that, “The only time anyone would be asked to move from an area would be if there were safety concerns, or they were interfering with response operations.”

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