BP Agrees to Comply with Boxer and Nelson Request to Turn Over Oil Spill Videos
May 18, 2010
Washington, DC - This morning, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, chaired by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), received a call from a senior official with British Petroleum (BP) indicating that BP has agreed to comply with a request made by Senator Boxer and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) that the company release all video records showing details of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Deepwater Horizon rig sank last month. (The text of the Senators' letter to BP is attached below).
The BP official said that they plan to provide all video records to Sen. Boxer and Senator Nelson, and will begin providing video today, prior to oversight hearings scheduled this afternoon in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Senator Boxer said, "These films are critical to understanding the volume of the spill, the reach of the spill, and the results of the efforts so far to contain it."
"The scientific community is a valuable resource in tracking and responding to this spill," said Senator Nelson. "And we need to give our scientists a much broader video record."
LINK A video clip from May 8, 2010 of the plume at the end of the riser with no intervention or dispersant
LINK A video clip from May 10, 2010 of the same plume being monitored before insertion of the Riser Insertion Tubing Tool (RITT) with a dispersant boom inserted inside the pipe injecting dispersant
LINK A video clip from May 17, 2010 of the same plume showing the RITT and dispersant tools in operation
LINK A video clip of the plume from the riser kink, spliced together from 2 clips, one showing an overview of the plume as a whole and then a close up of the plume
May 17, 2010
Mr. Lamar McKay
Chairman and President
BP America, Inc.
501 Westlake Park Boulevard
Houston, TX 77079
Dear Mr. McKay:
We're writing to reiterate our request that BP provide us with all video records of the Deepwater Horizon well and associated spill. We also believe that the public and the scientific communities should have access to these materials.
After our initial request, BP suggested the video was released under the authorization of the Unified Command. We have contacted the Unified Command and to date have not identified any restriction on BP's ability to release these records.
Therefore, we're asking again that you immediately make available all video records of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead and broken pipe for the purposes of Senate oversight.