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  • 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
  • 251 Affordable Rental Units to be Preserved in Malden   MEDFORD--- Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Malden) announced Monday that over $6 million in combined federal and state funding will soon be released for the preservation of 272 rental housing units, 251 of which will be set aside as affordable housing, for the City of Malden.  The... Read More
  •  Will Ensure BP and Other Companies Can’t Stonewall Investigation WASHINGTON– Today, the House of Representatives passed Rep. Lois Capps’ legislation to grant subpoena power to the Commission investigating the BP oil spill (H.R. 5481). The Commission, which was established by Executive Order and based on legislation Capps... Read More
  •  Chairman Asks About Well Integrity, Design of Relief Wells, Timeframe, Sea Floor Leaks WASHINGTON (June 23, 2010) – In an extensive inquiry letter sent to BP today, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) asked the company about the progress and design of the relief wells, which are now being drilled to shut down the still-spewing BP Macondo... Read More
  • Chairman Releases Letters, Documents from BP Challenging Company’s Ongoing Denial of Plumes WASHINGTON (June 23, 2010) – Following the release of a government analysis showing, yet again, the existence of undersea plumes of oil from the BP oil spill, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today released documents he obtained from BP related to... Read More
  • QUESTIONS REMAIN ON INTEGRITY OF WELL WASHINGTON (June 20, 2010) -- Today Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released an internal BP document showing that the company's own analysis believed that a worst-case scenario, based on damage to the well bore, could result in 100,000 barrels of oil per day.In the document, BP stated: If BOP and wellhead... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass.), former chairman and current member of the Communications, Technology and the Internet (CTI) Subcommittee, along with CTI members Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.- Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, today held a hearing with the CEOs of the five top oil companies to discuss to discuss America's energy future and the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf. A copy of Markey's opening statement can be found below.  On the left, Rep. Markey... Read More
  • Washington, DC- Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Energy and Enivornment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Commitee, issued the following prepared remarks at a hearing he chaired entitled: “The BP Oil Spill: Human Exposure and Environmental Fate:” "It has been 52 days since the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig... Read More
  • WASHINGTON– Today, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass) sent a letter to BP’s CEO Lamar Mckay requesting a variety of scientific data and documents associated with the environmental and public health effects of the Gulf Coast oil spill.  Included in the request are data on the health of cleanup workers, data on air... Read More
  • Washington D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) welcomed students of Watertown Middle School to Capitol Hill this week in Washington, D.C.   Rep. Markey welcomes Watertown students to Washington D.C. Rep. Markey met with hundreds of students from Watertown Middle School.  The meeting provided a unique opportunity for the... Read More
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., today released a response from Google after the lawmakers sent a letter to the company regarding its collection of private information over Wi-Fi networks. Barton and Markey, co-chairmen of the House Privacy Caucus, last month wrote to Google... Read More
  • Lawmaker is Author of Bill to Make Technology More Accessible to All  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 prepared statement at a hearing on the bill in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Massachusetts congressional delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging the two leaders to support passage of an extension of the temporary increase in Federal Medical Assistance Percentage... Read More
  • Measurement Could Be Conducted When New Cap is Installed, Yet BP Stonewalling Scientists WASHINGTON (June 10, 2010) – Within a few weeks, an important opportunity could present itself for scientists to directly analyze the BP oil spill site at the sea floor to better estimate the size of the flow. Scientists from the Flow Rate Technical Group... Read More
  • Bi-partisan GRID Act Co-Authored by Markey Would Protect Electricity System Against Attacks  WASHINGTON, D.C. –Bipartisan legislation co-authored by Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) that would protect our nation’s electricity grid from attacks today passed the House of Representatives by unanimous voice vote. The Grid... Read More
  • WASHINGTON (June 8, 2010) – Responding to complaints from experts tasked with estimating the true flow rate of the BP oil spill that they still do not have access to critical high-quality video, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today demanded that BP release the video to these experts. In a letter to BP America CEO Lamar McKay, Rep. Markey... Read More