CBS News reported last month that one of its news crews was threatened with arrest for trying to film a public beach where oil had washed ashore. This is not an isolated incident. There are numerous cases being reported in the Gulf where the press is being denied access to film the oil damaged beaches and oil slick.
There is a no-fly zone over the slick and pilots must petition the FAA for approval to fly over the area. They are being consistently denied access when they state that there are reporters on the aircraft. Even Senator Nelson, who had planned to take a Coast Guard Vessel out to the site with reporters, was told hours before the departure that the press would not be allowed.
Scientist are equally frustrated by the lack of access that they have to the to the area.