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Unlike the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, the media is taking an active interest in BP’s oily invasion of the Gulf Coast and various news outlets have dispatched reporters across the region. But there has been one consistently frustrating obstacle hampering their efforts: access.

Numerous reports have surfaced of BP-hired security firms and local law enforcement, refusing to allow journalists into certain areas, for one ridiculous reason or other. But it was the Cajun Boy, writing under his government name, who managed to squeeze the following line of bullshit out of a BP spokesperson: “There have been restrictions placed on photography in the wildlife area because we’ve been told that it could do harm.” And the last thing BP wants to do is harm the wildlife! |Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP Photo via|