By Frank James
To many observers, BP has been fairly stingy when it comes to sharing video information about the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
But if all goes according to plan, that is about to change.
Rep. Ed Markey demanded that BP provide the public with its live feed of the oil gusher about a mile under the surface of the gulf. The energy giant agreed and Markey is planning to have the video feed up on his House committee's web site this evening. He chairs the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
From a Markey press release:
"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, who conducted a briefing today with independent scientists where he reiterated the call for a video feed. "This footage will aid analysis by independent scientists blocked by BP from coming to see the spill."
Markey sent letters earlier today to BP America's CEO Lamar McKay asking for the footage to be made public on BP's website. If BP could not host the footage, Rep. Markey offered to host it on his website free of charge.
"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," Rep. Markey said.