Enviro Links: Cameron to Discuss Lockerbie Bomber Release, BP Buys Scientists, and More

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On the three-month anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, here’s the latest on the oil disaster:

British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting the US today, and conversation with President Obama will likely include the oil disaster.

Cameron will also meet this evening with four senators who have raised concerns that BP lobbied for the release of Libyan prisoners—possibly including convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi—in order to secure a $900 million oil drilling deal.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated yesterday that the issue of the Lockerbie bomber’s release should be revisited. “That al-Megrahi is living out his remaining days outside of Scottish custody is an affront to the victims’ families, the memories of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing, and to all of those who worked tirelessly to ensure justice was served,” wrote Clinton in a letter to the senators who have asked her to open up a probe into the matter.

BP’s “company man” on board the Deepwater Horizon at the time of the explosion, Robert Kaluza, has invoked his 5th Amendment rights rather than testify at a federal hearing on the incident today.

The “seep” identified near the Macondo well doesn’t appear to be related to the gusher.

Gulf seafood prices are soaring.

BP is now buying up scientists in the Gulf for its legal defense.

The Times-Picayune takes a look at Louisiana’s relationship with offshore oil and gas drilling.

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