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July 15 2010

13:11

THE NEW YORK TIMES INFOGRAPHICS ABOUT BP EFFORTS TO STOP THE LEAKING OIL

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This is the last one.

But you can see the full collection of infographics here.

The team: JONATHAN CORUM, AL GRANBERG, MIKA GRONDAHL, XAQUIN G.V., HAEYOUN PARK and GRAHAM ROBERTS.

The source: BP.

Amazing work!

(Thanks to Michael Agar)

July 10 2010

09:07

Texas newspaper posts video of photographer’s run in with BP and police

A short update to a post from earlier in the week about the case of Lance Rosenfield, a freelance photographer detained in Texas by police, a BP security officer and the city’s police department liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task force.

Rosenfield had been taking photographs of a sign outside BP refinery in Texas City for non-profit news organisation ProPublica and had remained on a public right of way.

Texas newspaper the Daily News has posted three dashboard-camera videos of the exchange between the police and Rosenfield. The News also details the laws under which Rosenfield was asked to reveal his images to police and give his name, phone number and social security number.

The audio in these videos is poor due to wind, but they show a relatively relaxed situation in which police try to determine that Rosenfield has no suspicious motive for photographing an oil refinery.

Full post at this link…

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July 06 2010

17:10

ProPublica photographer followed by BP employee, detained by police

Police in England have come in for a fair amount of criticism recently for their treatment of photographers (see here and here), but their US counterparts have received some attention too after detaining freelance photographer Lance Rosenfeld, who was working for ProPublica at the time.

Rosenfeld was driving away after taking photos of a BP refinery in Texas City, Texas when he was followed by a BP employee, blocked off by two police cars and detained. Rosenfeld had remained in a public space outside the refinery while working. The police reviewed his pictures and recorded his date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. According to Rosenfeld these details were then shared with BP.

Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, said:

“We certainly appreciate the need to secure the nation’s refineries. But we’re deeply troubled by BP’s conduct here, especially when they knew we were working on deadline on critical stories about this very facility. And we see no reason why, if law enforcement needed to review the unpublished photographs, that should have included sharing them with a representative of a private company.”

Full story at this link…

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June 17 2010

09:51

Video: Evidence of more media restrictions on BP oil spill beaches

Interesting footage from Louisiana TV station WDSU-TV showing its reporter arguing the toss with BP security guards attempting to stop him from interviewing clean-up workers on a local beach affected by the oil spill.

The station’s reporter is particularly interested in testing out a recent memo to the media from BP’s chief operating office Doug Suttles, that says “BP has not and will not prevent anyone working in the clean-up operation from sharing his or her own experiences or opinions.”

Last month reports suggested that journalists from CBS, Mother Jones and the Times Picayune had been denied access to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Via News Videographer…

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June 10 2010

16:43

E&P: AP videojournalist in the thick of it in the Gulf of Mexico

Rich Matthews, a videojournalist with Associated Press, decided to report from the Gulf of Mexico’s oil-slicked waters. Not content with looking overboard, he went diving, intending first to go 60 feet but having to cut this back to 20 feet due to the lack of visibility.

I jump off the boat into the thickest, reddest patch of oil I’ve ever seen (…) I open my eyes and realise my mask is already smeared. I can’t see anything and we’re just five seconds into the dive.

Full story at this link…

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May 28 2010

08:35

Newsweek: Is BP restricting journalists’ access to oil spill?

More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and Coast Guard officials explicitly target members of the media, restricting and denying them access to oil-covered beaches, staging areas for clean-up efforts, and even flyovers.

Journalists from CBS, Mother Jones and the Times Picayune have been denied access to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to reports, raising concerns that the disaster will not be properly documented for the public.

Full story at this link…

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May 12 2010

14:28

DIY Mappers Offer Remarkable Images of Gulf Coast Oil Spill

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Last week, as the mainstream press reported on the worsening environmental and economic crisis that is the British Petroleum spill in the Gulf Coast, I and a small group of DIY mappers flew down to New Orleans to coordinate a grassroots, citizen effort to map the spill. Instead of helicopters and satellites, we deployed a new generation of low-cost tools, including weather balloons and kites with cameras attached.

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Since arriving, we've managed to mobilize small teams of Gulf Coast residents. Thanks to the fishermen and charter boat captains whose livelihood is at stake, we've been able to get teams out on boats almost every day. Taken from balloons at as high as 1500 feet, our photography is of higher resolution and greater coverage than much of what the press has, and we're now coordinating a nationwide effort to stitch the imagery into map overlays, which will be viewable in Google Earth as well as more traditional GIS tools. Most importantly, the data we are collecting is released into the public domain and is available for free here.

Quantifying the Destruction

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Our efforts at building an independent data set of spill imagery is sure to be important for any potential litigation and the decades of environmental remediation and recovery that are ahead. For this reason, we've spent time mapping coastal areas such as Fourchon which have not yet been hit by oil (but likely will be by today). This before-and-after data will help to quantify the destruction. The image resolution we're working with -- often good enough to see individual animals and plants -- can provide specific evidence of the losses to the local ecology.

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What's particularly alarming to me about the cleanup and response is that it's largely organized by British Petroleum. When I called the main volunteer hotline and asked who was on the other end, I was shocked to find out it was a company employee. Because while BP is incentivized to do a good job cleaning up, they probably aren't all that interested in producing good, quantifiable documentation of the damage. Fortunately, it doesn't take million-dollar equipment to produce this kind of evidence -- our kits cost less than $200 each.

The Team

Our crack team of low-cost mappers included Oliver Yeh, a recent MIT graduate who's used balloons to take pictures at up to 100,000 feet, and Stewart Long, who takes pictures from remote control airplanes and used balloons imagery last year to make a map of Burning Man.

Of course, we wouldn't have been able to do anything without our fantastic local partners at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a New Orleans-based environmental group that has spearheaded the citizen response to the spill. They are coordinating with Tulane University, in addition to running an Ushahidi system to track the spill by crowdsourced text messages. As people send in reports of oil-covered birds or tar balls coming ashore, we can dispatch a team to capture imagery of the site from over 1000 feet in the air.

Join Us

Our main priority at the moment is to conduct training sessions to make sure volunteers are ready -- not just to use the balloons and kites, but to lead trips. If you're interested in volunteering, read more and sign up at our Gulf oil spill page.

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