Rep. Markey: Public Has a Right to See All BP Video Feeds of Oil Spill


Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) released a video today showing live feeds of the BP oil pipe leak seen from different angles, and others of different sites related to the underwater disaster. Markey, chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, said that BP was planning on cutting off the lone feed now available to the public. The charges were posted to the committee website on Tuesday:

BP informed Rep. Markey’s office that the live feed would be terminated some time early Wednesday morning, and would continue to be offline until after the attempt at the so-called “top kill” is completed. “It is outrageous that BP would kill the video feed for the top kill. This BP blackout will obscure a vital moment in this disaster,” said Rep. Markey, who chairs the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the Energy and Environment Subcommittee in the Energy and Commerce Committee. “After more than a month of spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP is essentially saying to the American people the solution will not be televised.”

BP responded in a statement today that:

…following detailed discussion with the National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen, it will continue to provide live video feeds from the seabed throughout the planned ‘top kill’ procedure – the attempt to stop the flow from the damaged MC252 well by pumping heavy drilling fluids into it.

The “top kill” procedure could begin as early as Wednesday, according to BP.

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