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Rep. Ed Markey Snags BP's Oil Leak Video Feed

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 20 2010

A still from a 30-second video clip that BP has made public. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) is reporting that he has made arrangements with the company to host a live underwater video feed of the Deepwater Horizon leak in the Gulf of Mexico.


The ceaseless vigor with with the Deepwater Horizon well is spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico is a poor match for the modern news cycle. Nothing new happens, nothing changes, and so it's easy to forget that for 24 hours a day since it happened, oil has been gushing into one of the country's most treasured bodies of water.

Maybe this will help some. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming has arranged with BP, the operator of the Deepwater Horizon well, to get and host a live video feed taken by underwater robots and vehicles. The Gulf leak video feed will, says Markey, be live streaming shortly on his site, GlobalWarming.House.gov. In addition to serving as a reminder of the on-going mess, the live video will, says the congressman, offer scientists and lawmakers insight into the progress of the leak and the accompanying response.

Said Markey, in a statement: "This may be BP's footage, but it's America's ocean."

Update: Worthwhile point from FDL's Michael Whitney: "BP Live Feed of Pipe Should Be on WhiteHouse.Gov." Indeed, the SpillCam does seem to be down.

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