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June 20, 2010

Where's The Video?

Posted: 09:46 PM ET

By Ed Lavandera
CNN Correspondent

One day in early May, I flew over the oil spill site with a prominent environmental attorney from New Orleans.  As I saw the oil sheen and streaks of orange-tinted oil, I realized we would never really grasp the magnitude of this disaster unless we could see the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

Later that same day a source told me, "you know they have video cameras that record the oil leak 24 hours a day."  That set off a series of requests to BP, the Coast Guard and anyone else who would listen asking for access to video images of the leak.  Myself and several CNN colleagues asked for days and days to no avail.

So on the morning of May 11th we rolled out a story essentially asking, where's the video?  We showed how BP's public relations machine had time to produce and edit videos showing off the CEO Tony Hayward's handling of the response.  The company could put out these videos but it wouldn't let the world see the most critical aspect of the story – the actual leak.

The day after our report and with pressure from Congress, BP released a 30-second video clip.

I would argue that's when the story became a huge deal. The oil flow rate estimates have skyrocketed ever since that day. From 1,000 barrels a day to almost 60-thousand barrels a day now. And that number will likely go up again.

The video let the world see first hand this wasn't just any ordinary oil spill, it was quickly becoming this country's worst environmental disaster ever.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill


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MadAngry   June 20th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Am I hearing the CNN reports right today, that BP is saying it is capturing a million gallons a day? Or am I just losing my mind?


claudia   June 20th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

This is a serious WAKE UP call to the whole world. Big congomerates are accountable – we must stop their greedy energy vampiring now!


NEVEN RIEDERER   June 20th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

LOOKS TO ME HERE IN KANSAS THAT WE NEED TO STOP OFF SHARE DRILLING ALTOGETHER.
THIS DISTAR SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPEND.
BP AND OTHERS SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IT COULD.
MAYBE WE SHOULD START THINKING ABOUT OTHER WAYS TO MOVE A VEHICKLE.
THANK YOU NEVEN


Nalani   June 21st, 2010 12:01 am ET

If one oil well leak can do this much damage, what would happen if they all started leaking? I guess we could torch the entire ocean!


Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 12:16 am ET

The Bush Family Values that Republicans didn't want America to learn about:

In 2001 Bush jr's youngest brother Marvin bought a garbage and waste disposal company for the sum of 12 Million dollars with the sole goal of dumping as much toxic waste and America's inter-city garbage as it possibly could in a landfill in rural Virgina.

The Virgina State permit allowed him to dump no more than 250 tons per day. Marvin Bush dumped 6,500 TONS of toxic waste and inter-State Garbage PER DAY!

By Virgina State law, such enormous abuse is punishable by a misdemeanor charge of 1 year in prison and a $2,500 fine PER DAY of over dumping. The Virgina State Environmental inspector left his job and went to work for Marvin Bush's toxic dumping business! Although the Democratic Lt. Governor of Virgina blew the whistle on Marvin Bush's illegal toxic dump site in July 2003, the Republican State Attorney General appeared to turn a blind eye on the illegal toxic dumping and Marvin Bush continued to dump more than 1,000 tons of toxic waste and various States garbage DAILY for another full eight months!

The State of Virgina finally ordered the landfill site closed in Virgina on March 2004. It took Virgina taxpayers putting up 8.7 Million dollars to re-open that landfill. The Virgina Republican State Attorney General never fined Marvin Bush nor charged him with hundreds of criminal charges allotted for each day in violation of the Virgina State permit.

During a Larry King interview with Bush sr., it was disclosed how close Bush jr. is with his younger brother Marvin Bush. 'Former president Bush jr. would often go to camp david, call Marvin and have Marvin stay with him at Camp David during his countless retreats and vacations away from the oval office'.

The vast corruption of the Bush Family and in particular Marvin Bush in this posting reminds me of the Steven Seagal 1997 movie, 'Fire Down Below' where Seagal played a federal EPA agent fighting intense graft and corruption by a very well connected toxic waste 'dumper' and 'disposer' who made vast amounts of money by illegally dumping toxic and often hazardous waste in the rural backwoods of nearby Kentucky.

How ironic the utter corruption and absolute disregard of the residents of the State of Kentucky depicted in the movie 'Fire Down Below' would later come to life by one of the Bush Family members in rural Virgina. As depicted in the movie, even the State EPA head was in fact employed by the illegal toxic dumper!


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 21st, 2010 4:31 am ET

@Smith in Oregon June 21st, 2010 12:16 am ET

The Bush Family Values that Republicans didn't want America to learn about:
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Unbelievable really. They will get their karma.


JIM CARROLL   June 21st, 2010 4:41 pm ET

AN IDEA FOR BP: WHY NOT USE A DEVICE DESIGNED LIKE A TOGGLE BOLT OR AN UMBRELLA THAT CAN BE PUSHED DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLE AND THEN UNFOLD SO THE OIL PRESSURE WILL CLOSE OFF THE HOLE?
INTERNETFREEPRESS.COM


Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 6:54 pm ET

@ Jessie from Auckland, NZ, Thank you for your kind comments and reading my blog comment. Rolling Stone investigative reporters did much of the in-depth heavy lifting on that information, kudo's to their team for uncovering a really strong dispute against the illusion that 'Laura Bush' paints for the horrific and in my opinion incredibly corrupt Bush Family values.


LINDA PRENDERGAST   June 22nd, 2010 9:49 am ET

THANKS TO LARRY KING AND THE OTHERS ON THE TELETHON,SHOULD HAVE HAD AARON NEVILLE SING COULD HAVE RAISED MORE MONEY. WHO WAS THAT GOOD LOOKING GUY WITH PRETTY EYES NAME MAY HAVE BEEN IAN? GET AAORON BACK ON TO SING I'LL DONATE ANOTHER 100.00


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