Markey Urges BP to Release Live Feed: It’s ‘America’s Ocean,’ Not BP’s
May 20, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) has had enough and he isn’t going to take anymore stalling tactics from BP. He issued a harsh letter to the oil company responsible for the massive Gulf oil spill, demanding the company make available to the public, its live video feed of the gushing underwater oil. This is “America’s ocean,” declared Markey. It doesn’t belong to BP. British Petroleum agreed to make the live feed available on Markey’s house subcommitte’s website, but as of this writing the feed still is not up and running.
Scientists and Congress have been pushing for the release of BP’s live feed, to allow independent assessments of the rate of the oil leak. And based on a short underwater video released by BP, scientists have already determined that the leak is much larger than official estimates of 5,000 barrels a day.
Markey demanded the live feed in response to scientists’ requests at a hearing of the Energy Independence and Global Warming panel. Four independent scientists testifying at the committee’s hearing, complained that BP’s refusal to release the footage was preventing independent anaylsis to estimate the size of the spill. And he took a no prisoners approach with BP, blasting the company for its lack of transparency:
“This may be BP’s footage, but it’s America’s ocean. Now anyone will be able to see the real-time effects the BP spill is having on our ocean,” said Rep. Markey, “This footage will aid analysis by independent scientists blocked by BP from coming to see the spill.”
“BP is going to have to pay for the cleanup of this spill and the long-term damage. Hosting this video on our website is the only freebie they’re going to get,” quipped Markey.
In his letter sent to Lamar McKay, President and CEO of BP, Markey reiterated his declaration that the live feeds belong to Americans. “Congress and the American public has a right to know what is happening in real time, so that they can understand and react to the situation as it develops,” wrote Markey. The Congressman wants America and scientific experts to be able to “judge” independently, the efficacy of BP’s efforts to clean up the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
Meanwhile, the oil slick has washed up on the Louisiana shoreline and has reached the Gulf loop current, ensuring the oil will reach the Eastern Seaboard.