Live webcam feed of underwater oil spill to go up tonight
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Here's a live feed of the oil spill webcam (just hit play and the live feed will start):
British Petroleum (BP) has announced that a live camera feed of the oil pouring out of their broken pipe into the Gulf of Mexico will go live as early as tonight.
The feed will be posted on the website of US Congressional Representative Ed Markey's (D-MA) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, after Markey demanded the BP post the live video feed at a hearing held earlier today.
“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.”
To date, only snippets of footage have been released by BP, prompting criticism by scientists, lawmakers and newsmedia that the company has not providing enough information to determine the size and magnitude of the oil spill.
Earlier today at experts told Rep. Markey's panel that BP was withholding important information.
According to the expert testimony by Dr. Camilli and others, BP continues to withhold this data making it very difficult for outside expert to know how much oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico everyday.
On the often quoted 5,000 barrel-a-day estimate by BP, expert, Steve Wereley, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, told the hearing that, "The media keeps using the 5,000 barrel a day estimate, but there is scientifically no chance... BP's estimate is nowhere near correct. It [the spill] is certainly larger."
Wereley went on to discuss another myth being reported in the media about the leak being impossible to measure. Wereley stated that, "It can't be measured to plus or minus 2 percent, but our tools can make a good estimate of how much is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico."
Here is the latest snippet of footage BP released yesterday - check back on eBoom soon and we'll let you know when the live feed is up.
UPDATE: Click here to go straight to the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Webcam.
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