Watching Government: Conflicts of interest

09/17/2012
An American Petroleum Institute official asked the US Environmental Protection Agency's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to quit excluding oil and gas industry experts from studies because of alleged possible conflicts of interest. "We have repeatedly offered the expertise of our members to both the agency and the SAB peer review process and, unfortunately, have been disappointed by the lack of follow-through and acceptance," API Executive Vice-Pres. Marty Durbin said on Sept. 10. "From our perspective, critical opportunities to leverage the tremendous knowledge and experience base offered by the industry have been repeatedly missed," he continued in a letter to EPA SAB...
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