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Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts has called upon BP to start offering live video from its oil spill in the Gulf. BP's submersibles have captured video and the oil giant has sent clips out to the pubic, but Markey wants live streaming 24/7 so independent experts can bear witness and evaluate the magnitude of the disaster. If BP says that it won't host the video, Markey, Chairman of the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee, has offered up his own global warming page. Markey made the request in letter sent today to BP America's CEO Lamar McKay. It comes on the same day that CBS News reporters were turned away and threatened with arrest after contractors from BP, apparently working in conjunction with the US Coast Guard, stopped them from capturing spill footage.
The full letter is available here.
"Allowing the public to view this video could provide our best scientists and engineers with information that could be helpful in developing much needed solutions to the ongoing oil spill, both in terms of subsea operations and surface spill response. Congress and the American public have the right to know what is happening in real time, so that they can understand and react to the situation as it develops."
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