BP Oil Disaster: Media Blocked From Highly Protected Medical Services Facility
Yet another story of the media being hindered in its attempts to cover the BP oil disaster in the Gulf has emerged.
PBS Newshour's Bridget Desimone is working on a piece about the health impact of the oil spill. She says her attempts to get access to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mobile medical unit in Venice, Louisiana have been absolutely stonewalled.
Desimone has tried to get access to this facility, which is ringed with barbed-wire and tightly restricted by police and private security guards, to see how many people have been treated there and for what illnesses.
For over two weeks, Desimone and her colleagues have tried to gain access to the mobile medical unit, aptly referred to as the "BP Compound." But each attempt has been stymied with either an "access denied" or no response at all.
What is being protected inside this clandestine medical unit?
Concerns over public health in the Gulf Region are running high, especially considering BP has sprayed over 1.1 million gallons of chemical oil dispersant in the Gulf.
Read the full story at The Huffington Post: Oil Spill Media Access: Reporters Still Given The Runaround Even As Public Health Concerns Mount
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