Monday, July 05, 2010

NO Photography Allowed Near BP Spill!

Rather disturbing to read the following development!

Seriously.... WTF!!!!

Highlighted by ZH: BP plc And The Administration Replace First Amendment With $40,000 Fine And Class D Felony

  • QUOTE: "The coast guard today announced new rules keeping photographers, reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms, out on the water or on beaches. In order to get closer you need to get direct permission from the coast guard captain of the Port of New Orleans. Shots of oil on beaches with booms - stay 65 feet away. Pictures of oil soaked booms useless laying in the water because they haven't been collected like they should. You can't get close enough to see that. And believe me, that is out there. But you only know that if you get close to it, and now you can't without permission. Violators could face a fine of $40,000 and class D felony charges. The coast guard tried to make the exclusion zone 300 feet before scaling it down to 65 feet."


No photography?

What don't they want everyone to see?

And this was on MSNB: Photographer detained by police, BP employee near refinery

BP gave ProPublica the following statement after the incident:
  • "BP Security followed the industry practice that is required by federal law. The photographer was released with his photographs after those photos were viewed by a representative of the Joint Terrorism Task Force who determined that the photographer's actions did not pose a threat to public safety."

In response to BP, ProPublica's editor-in-chief Paul Steiger 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 And we see no reason why, if law enforcement needed to review the unpublished photographs, that should have included sharing them with a representative of a private company."

When contacted BP, spokeswoman Sheila Williams said there was nothing the firm wanted to add to its earlier comment.

ps: Gulf spill 'bigger and uglier than we had hoped'