Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sen. Bill Nelson Releases New BP Oil Leak Video


Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) a day or two ago demanded that BP release to them all videos of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak. The senators doubtless did so for at least two reasons.

First, they want to aid scientists in calculating the leak rate. The more videos, the more exact scientists can be in determining the total volume of oil pouring into the Gulf.

Second, the senators also must be skeptical about the corporation's recent boasts that the leak has been diminished by "20 percent" or even "40 percent." That's a claim that we've noticed too many journalists are eager to swallow whole, despite the fact not much that BP claims about Deepwater has proved true.

Today, BP agreed to turn over more videos rather than be served with a Senatorial subpoena. Senator Nelson promptly posted one of the first new videos received on his official web site. Now, it's on Youtube and it looks to be about to go viral.

The video codes indicate it was filmed yesterday, May 17, at 1:05 am (Past videos establish BP uses military time and codes the dates in the European style, day-month-year.)

Below is the latest video. Does it relieve your concerns? Didn't think so.

Wed., May 19 6 am

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) narrates the above film clip:

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