US Congressman: We can only hope BP’s nightmare well in Gulf has not come back to life — No room for obfuscation, ‘Spillcam’ must return

Published: October 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm ET


Title: Markey Calls for Full Undersea Survey Following Gulf Oil Sheen Sourced from BP’s Macondo Well
Source: Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Date: October 11, 2012

Congressman Asks for Spillcam Return for Survey

Following confirmation that an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico has origins from BP’s blown-out Macondo well, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today called for a full undersea survey of the Macondo site carried live on the internet so independent scientists can examine the activities as they happen.

“One can only hope that the nightmare well has not come back to haunt the people of the Gulf. The federal government should order BP to immediately deploy undersea rovers to examine the well site, the wreckage of the sunken rig, the drill pipe, and the surrounding area,” said Rep. Markey, the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee, who was the leading investigative force into the BP disaster in 2010. “BP must also bring back the Spillcam, so the world can see in real time what is going on at the bottom of the Gulf. There is no room for error, and no room for obfuscation, when it comes to this matter.”


“BP must do everything in its power to ensure this well does not rupture or leak, and they should be held responsible if it does. BP still has billions to pay to the people of the Gulf and the U.S. government, but the Gulf region also deserves the peace of mind that this well is dead once and for all,” said Rep. Markey.

Watch Markey discuss the ‘BP Spillcam’ here

Published: October 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm ET


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5 comments to US Congressman: We can only hope BP’s nightmare well in Gulf has not come back to life — No room for obfuscation, ‘Spillcam’ must return

  • razzz razzz

    Why is he calling on BP? Political leverage? I don't trust BP, US Navy could do the investigation. Would be good exercise. Send BP the bill.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      He has to give BP the first opportunity. To get the funding of taxpayer money through Congress for the Navy to take a look could stall for months or years if BP looks at all willing to take responsibility. Until they outright refuse or ca be shown to be remiss, or an emergency can be established, the Navy will not be sent in.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Agreed, razzz. Go Navy!
    Saw an article two weeks ago that said BP was sending in a ship with underwater cameras to see what's going on there. Great idea to have these cameras on the internet in real time. If oil and gas are escaping through fisures in the sea floor, and in areas miles away from the well, the Gulf is toast. If you have property in the Gulf, suggest you sell immediately for whatever cash anybody offers. That 20 mile diameter bulge of oil and gas under the seafloor will lay waste to the entire Gulf if it has made its way to the surface of the seafloor. This could be very bad.

  • Stephengn

    Why does Markey (from Massachusetts) have to be the one to speak out on this? Where are the voices of LOUISIANA's elected officials?

    … Comfortably in the pocket of the oil industry that has bought and paid for them

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Last I heard LA. Gov. Bobby Jindal was campaigning in Billings Montana for Mittens. Things that make ya go hmm.