May 20, 2010

CREW and Greenpeace Seek Video Feeds and Government Documents Related to Gulf Oil Spill

BP Oil Rig ExplosionWashington, D.C. – Late yesterday afternoon, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Greenpeace sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to four agencies, seeking copies of the video feeds of the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and other documents related to efforts to mitigate or clean up the oil spill. The requests were sent to the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CREW and Greenpeace are seeking the feeds and records related to them to allow scientists to determine how much oil has been spilling into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly a month. Estimates have varied widely, with BP executives initially claiming the equivalent of 5,000 barrels a day, while others who have reviewed a short segment of a video feed are calculating a significantly higher amount.

CREW executive director Melanie Sloan said, “It is impossible to understand why the government hasn’t already made the video feed and other records documenting the impact of the spill public. Americans have the right to any information that would allow an accurate assessment of the true dangers this oil spill has created.” Sloan continued, “While we hope for prompt and complete responses to our requests, if the government resists or delays producing this critical information, CREW and Greenpeace are prepared to aggressively pursue this matter in court.”

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