U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, desiring to keep the public as informed as possible about the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis, today said the Department of Energy (DOE) is now making available online detailed technical information around this event. This data is being provided as part of the Open Government Initiative.
The DOE said in a statement that one can now access “schematics, pressure tests, diagnostic results and other data about the malfunctioning blowout preventer.” It hopes to keep the public as informed as possible, while at the same time keeping experts making recommendations on how to stop the spill up to date as well. There is also a timeline of key events and detailed summaries of the Deepwater well configuration, the blowout preventer stack tubes, and the containment system, according to the DOE, along with other raw data.
“Transparency is not only in the public interest, it is part of the scientific process,” said Secretary Chu. “We want to make sure that independent scientists, engineers and other experts have every opportunity to review this information and make their own conclusions.”
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