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Select Committee UPDATE (8.19.10): Hearing on BP Oil Spill & Seafood Safety TODAY, Flow Rate and Greenland Ice Sheet Briefing

HEARING THURS: BP Oil Spill: Ensuring Safe Seafood & Accounting for the Oil

Chairman Markey will hold a hearing on the BP Oil Spill today in the Energy & Environment Subcommittee. This hearing will explore how much oil could remain in the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill, seafood safety and potential impacts to the marine environment and fisheries that are associated with the spill and its cleanup.

This hearing will be
webcast LIVE and on C-SPAN.

WHEN:
Thursday, August 19, 2010, 11:30 AM

WHERE:
2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC

WITNESS LIST:
--Bill Lehr, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration --Paul Anastas, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency --Donald Kraemer, Acting Deputy Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration --Ian MacDonald, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Oceanography, Florida State University --Mike Voisin, Chief Executive Officer, Motivatit Seafoods, LLC --Acy Cooper, Jr., Vice President, Louisiana Shrimp Association --Dean Blanchard, President, Dean Blanchard Seafoods, Inc. --Lisa Suatoni, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Oceans Program, Natural Resources Defense Council  

GIANT ICE SHEET BREAKS OFF GREENLAND


This month an ice sheet covering 100 square miles -- more than four times the size of New York's Manhattan Island -- broke off Greenland. This dramatic sea ice event follows the warmest six months on record and is the largest piece of Arctic ice to break free since 1962. Chairman Markey held a Select Committee briefing with leading scientists and experts who study the Arctic region to discuss this event and its relationship to climate change.

VIDEO
from this briefing are now available. CLICK HERE to WATCH.  

FLOW RATE: WILL BP "OWN UP" to SIZE of OIL SPILL:


In response to silence from BP following the release of an official flow rate estimate produced by the U.S. Scientific Team's Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG), Chairman Markey is calling on the oil company to accept the 4.9 million barrel of oil number so that damage claims can move forward. The FRTG's current estimate is 53,000 barrels of oil per day, indicated that, at the beginning of the spill, 62,000 barrels per day were leaking from the well.  

This number closely mirrors BP's initial "worst case scenario" number presented to Congress as early as May 4th. Because the well flowed for 87 days, 4.9 million barrels flowed into the gulf. The FRTG estimate has a plus or minus 10 percent uncertainty range. To learn more about BP's fines and liability related to the flow rate number, please click here.

TOXIC FEMA TRAILERS USED in BP GULF CLEAN UP:


Chairman Markey and Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La), released a letter from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) indicating that resellers of the former FEMA trailers that were contaminated with the carcinogen formaldehyde may be subject to criminal penalties for failing to disclose the health risk to purchasers and by implying that the structures were appropriate to be used for housing. To read the response letter from the FTC, please click here

To read Reps. Markey and Melancon's original letter to the FTC, please click here

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