Rep. Ed Markey Snags BP's Oil Leak Video Feed
BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 20 2010
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.