All 12 BP oil spillcams now available to view

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Responding to a request from Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), BP on Thursday expanded access to the camera feeds from the remotely operated vehicles working to stanch the flow of oil from the Macondo wellhead in the Gulf.

Where once one spillcam showed a relatively static image of oil billowing into the ocean, images of robotic underwater vehicles zipping around deep under water, dramatically waving their arms and using tools as part of the "top cap" procedure under way Thursday are now available, some even showing the same scene from a variety of different angles at once.

There are up to a dozen remotely operated vehicles in use at any given time trying to address the environmental disaster -- with names like Viking Poseidon, Enterprise and Skandi -- and while the feeds made public before now could have come from any of the ROVs, this is the first day all feeds were available to the public at the same time.

"The release of the Spillcam brought the urgency of this disaster into homes across the United States, and this new level of transparency will allow for robust, real-time information to the world," Markey said in a statement announcing the feeds, which are being hosted by the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and also on BP's website.

Watch all twelve spillcams here.

June 3, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  | Category:  nation
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