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Undersea reality "show" provides armchair view of disaster

June 3, 2010 - Art Smith

For more than a month the collective attention of U.S., and particularly the gulf coast, has been focus on an area no bigger than a living room and a mile below the water.

British Petroleum, the company responsible for cleaning up the mess, recently made video of the effort available.

The live feed from the bottom of the Ocean makes for some riveting viewing. Each of the remotely operated robotic submarines is broadcasting live images from the bottom of the ocean to the anxious public above.

As tragic as the well disaster is, it is remarkable that we are able to have what amounts to a construction crew a mile under the water and with it, what amounts to a “film crew” that rivals any of the “reality” shows found elsewhere.

There are several spots around the web where you can view the video.

A feed from the U.S. House of Representatives can be found here.

A feed from BP can be found here.

The Huffington Post offers a feed here.

When the oil quits flowing out of pipe the whole world will know it pretty quickly because of the live images. Hopefully it will happen soon and the nation can turn its attention to the next “reality” show. The one about how to clean up the mess.


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A robotic view of the work going on a mile below the surface of the gulf.


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