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CREW: Department of the Interior: Regarding BP Oil Spill

On May 19, 2010, 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.