Scientists Sought to Ensure Turtles Aren't Burned Along With Surface Oil

New Orleans, La. – BP and the Coast Guard will hire wildlife experts to make sure there are no turtles caught up in the oil that's corralled and burned on the surface. After a fisherman raised concerns on YouTube, four environmental groups sought a restraining order to stop the controlled burns.

Kieran Suckling is executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the four plaintiffs. He says the burns are now on hold while experts are found to make sure it's only oil that's set on fire.

"Under the terms of our agreement, that will be done with a group of scientists with the agreement of ourselves, so not just BP."

Suckling says the plan should be finalized later this week. Skimming is called off until calmer weather prevails.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.