Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oil Spill Video Feed Crashes Website

Under pressure from Rep. Ed Markey, BP released a live video feed today that shows the oil gushing from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. It was briefly available online, but not many people got to see it before the U.S. House website on which it was posted crashed.

In this 2 minute clip, with Markey providing commentary, we can see the large plume of oil and gas that is still spewing into the Gulf, shot from a camera 5,000 feet below the surface. Among other things, it shows that BP vastly under-estimated the amount of oil being released every day. The feed was posted on the Web site of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which was overwhelmed by the traffic. A spokeswoman for Markey said staffers were trying to fix the problem.

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