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An Audacious Decision in Crisis Gets Cautious Praise

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Science  13 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5993, pp. 735-736
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5993.735

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How BP came to spray 1.1 million gallons of chemical dispersants a mile beneath the ocean surface is a story of scientists turning to desperate measures during desperate times. And the government's decision to let BP do so, among the most gutsy calls of the entire Deepwater Horizon saga, was a classic case of pitting the devil you know against the devil you don't.