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  • With 100% Containment Possible, Total Measurement Vital, Says Chairman; Pressure Measurements from Current Tests Will Provide Additional Flow Data WASHINGTON (July 15, 2010) – After several delays in the process to test the new cap system for the BP oil spill, the procedure has begun to see if the cap can completely shut in the well. When BP... Read More
  • Taxpayers Could Lose Up to $53 Billion Without Markey Legislation; Recovered Funds Fully Directed to Deficit Reduction WASHINGTON (July 14, 2010) – Legislation authored by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) to recover upwards of $53 billion in lost oil drilling royalties in the Gulf of Mexico passed the Natural Resources Committee today, putting... Read More
  • With Pressure Tests Delayed, Chairman Renews Call for Information on Potential Hazards WASHINGTON (July 14, 2010) – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today renewed his request to BP to release information on the integrity of the wellbore and sea floor leaks, especially in light of the delayed attempt to conduct pressure tests on the new... Read More
  • Toxic Compounds Could Flow Through Food Chain Long After Oil Stops Flowing WASHINGTON (July 13, 2010) – Even as BP attempts to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf with a new containment strategy, concerns are growing that oil and other toxic compounds like arsenic could continue to flow through the marine and human food chain for months or... Read More
  • WASHINGTON (July 12, 2010) – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement on the new moratorium on deepwater oil and gas exploration issued by the Obama administration today. Rep. Markey is chair of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Select Committee on Energy... Read More
  •  Funding Awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today hailed the release of $1 million to the City of Everett for necessary road and sidewalk reconstruction of four city roads and for critical social service programming upgrades.  The funding... Read More
  • Boston- Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) chairman of twin climate and energy panels in Congress, today met with top local bird experts and Massachusetts tourism and commercial fishing leaders at the New England Aquarium to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its possible effects on New England. At the event, Markey highlighted the need to... Read More
  • Relief Well Application Says July 15th Completion Date, Changes Worst-Case Scenario for Potential Spill WASHINGTON (July 8, 2010) – Following today’s assertion by BP that they could complete the relief well within the next few weeks, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) asked for clarification from the company on that potential date, due to... Read More
  • WASHINGTON (July 2, 2010) – Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.)  today wrote the Federal Trade Commission asking for answers on former FEMA trailers contaminated with formaldehyde that are reportedly being used to house some workers cleaning up the oil from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According... Read More
  • Over 24,000 MA Residents Could Lose Benefits if Bill Does Not Pass   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), the dean of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R 5618, a bill to extend unemployment insurance (UI), which passed the House and is awaiting... Read More
  • Workers Cleaning Oil By Day, Inhaling Formaldehyde By Night WASHINGTON (July 1, 2010) – Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Charlie Melancon (D-La.) today wrote the U.S. General Services Administration asking for answers on the trailers that are being used to house some workers cleaning up the oil from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.... Read More
  • As Hurricane Alex Barrels Through Gulf, Chairman Queries BP on Contingency Plans WASHINGTON (June 30, 2010) -- As Hurricane Alex moves through the Gulf of Mexico today, disrupting spill response operations, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) revealed that BP makes zero mentions of the words “hurricane” or “ tropical storm” in... Read More
  • Bill Would Make Technology More Accessible to Americans with Disabilities    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), author of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (H.R. 3101), today issued the following statement after the bill was reported out of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on... Read More
  • IAH Program Included in Health Care Reform Law, Sponsors Receive Award from American Academy of Home Care Physicians  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR.), authors of the Independence at Home demonstration program included as Section 3024 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act... Read More
  • Lawmaker Will Soon Introduce Spectrum Legislation  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), former chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee and current senior member of the Subcommittee, today hailed the Administration’s spectrum plan after President Obama signed a Presidential... Read More
  • 8,000 Maldonians, WWII Veterans honored at ceremony at Bell Rock Park  MALDEN --- Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Malden) spoke recently at the dedication of the World War II Memorial at the City of Malden’s Bell Rock Memorial Park.  Rep. Markey was honored to have the opportunity to thank the nearly 8,000 Maldonians who... Read More
  • New Legislation Requires Oil Industry to Update Spill Response Plans, Calls for Updated Federal & Regional Plans, and Safer Dispersants WASHINGTON (June 25, 2010) – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation that would finally push the oil industry to update their spill response plans. The oil spill response plans... Read More
  • Legislation would divert big oil subsidies to scientists, in order to improve spill prevention and response  Washington, D.C.-- Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the “Stop Oil Spills Act,” a bill to fund research into new oil spill prevention and response technologies. Following BP CEO Tony Hayward’s admission... Read More
  •  Letters to EPA and Coast Guard Cite Recent Increases in Volume of Dispersants Used by Company WASHINGTON (June 24, 2010) – Responding to increasing use of dispersants by BP in recent days, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Coast Guard asking for an update on the analysis of... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C- Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas), Co-Chairman of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, today sent a letter to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs regarding press reports of recent changes to Apple’s privacy policy.  According to these reports, the updated terms and conditions of the company’s privacy... Read More