Oil Spill Live Feed | Keeping 24-7 watch on the oil spill

Oil spill live feed

The oil spill live feed is coming from an internet-connected camera - though one much more water-proof than this. Image from Flickr.

The BP oil spill has been pumping oil into the ocean for more than a month. Just a few days ago, BP released the oil spill live feed at the request of Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts. The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming is co-hosting the oil spill live feed.

Oil spill live feed goes down

Almost immediately after the oil spill live feed was put on the web, it experienced incredibly heavy traffic. On both the committee website and BP website, the oil spill live feed went down multiple times. Since then, though, the feed appears to be fairly reliable. The Spillcam website is maintaining an all-day-every-day feed of the oil spill.

Why the oil spill live feed?

The oil spill live feed was made public after repeated requests to British Petroleum. BP has not been able to provide consistent or definitive answers about how much oil is spilling into the ocean. Credit repair for this beleaguered company will most likely take years – and for good reason. The oil spill live feed has been made public not only in the name of public information, but in the name of possible solutions.

The range of the oil spill

The BP oil spill live feed shows the hundreds of thousands of raw crude oil spilling into the ocean every day. Scientists are analyzing not only the live feed, but the oil that is starting to show up on the coast of the United States. The Loop Current of the Gulf Stream is starting to pick up the oil, and it has the potential to take it as far away as Cuba, the Bahamas, the Eastern Seaboard or farther. While BP has claimed partial responsibility for the spill, Haliburton, Transocean and others have refused to take part of the responsibility for the spill.

No matter who ultimately is responsible, the oil spill live feed is providing a view into the impact of the BP oil spill. The cleanup of this environmental disaster is sure to take years, if not decades.

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