Markey: Spillcam was game-changer in BP disaster response
April 20th, 2011
07:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Markey: Spillcam was game-changer in BP disaster response

Washington (CNN) - As they furiously typed computer code through the night in a small Capitol Hill office, little did they know they were about to change the way Americans would view what has become known as the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The handful of staffers from Rep. Ed Markey's now defunct Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming had just received word from oil giant BP that they would be given a live feed of the underwater cameras monitoring the spewing oil from 8,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico. The date: May 19, 2010 - nearly one month to the day that the Deepwater Horizon well had exploded, killing 11 workers and causing oil to stream unabated into the Gulf.

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  1. Squigman

    When it takes a camera and lighting to get a company to tell the truth, and step up to a problem that the company has full responsibility for, there's something wrong in the country. But dont you step out of line, or there will be hell to pay.

    April 20, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. duckbutter

    if we waited for markey to ok anything we would still not develop the wheel....

    April 20, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |