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12 November 2023 Statement

CSIRO rejects the assertion that BP was ghost writing. BP did not have final approval or veto rights in respect of CSIRO’s research presentations and publications relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. CSIRO stands by its research.

CSIRO’s research formed part of the significant multi-party efforts to respond to one of the worst environmental disasters in recent history and the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. That research involved gathering dissolved hydrocarbon content data from near surface waters during and shortly after the Deepwater Horizon incident. Follow-up work included the study of naturally occurring hydrocarbon seeps in the Mississippi Canyon in the vicinity of the incident.

All published research was independently peer reviewed under the relevant journals’ processes.

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