Dear MoveOn member,

It’s just been reported that BP posted a fake, Photoshopped picture of their crisis response center on their website.1

This is hugely troubling. If BP doctored a picture on their website, what else are they lying about? And why did they fake this picture in the first place? What are they hiding?

This also fits a pattern of stonewalling and misinformation by BP throughout this crisis. The public needs to know what’s really going on—and a scandal like this can really increase the pressure for more transparency.

That’s why we’re calling on Congress to open an investigation into BP’s faked photo and any other information they may have hidden or doctored. Will you add your name to the petition?

http://pol.moveon.org/bpfakephotos/?id=21974-3465982-dtIoeex&t=3

The petition says, “Congress: We need an investigation to find out why BP posted fake photos of their crisis response center—and what else they’re hiding.”

Then, please forward this email to your friends and post on Facebook and Twitter so we can spread the news faster.

>From the start of the disaster in the Gulf, BP has hidden information on key issues. They refused to divulge the results of tests on the health impacts of exposure to evaporating oil, blocked access to the affected area, hid video of the broken wellhead, and more.2

If the public doesn’t have access to information, BP could be shielded from accountability. And we know BP is preparing to fight tooth-and-nail in court against claims made against them. Just last week, it was reported that they’ve been offering huge signing bonuses to scientists at universities around the Gulf Coast to help them fight lawsuits.3

Now that they’ve been caught actually Photoshopping a picture, the federal government must stop trusting BP to share critical information with the public. We need a full and thorough investigation into why BP faked this picture—and what else they’re hiding.

Add your name to the petition:

http://pol.moveon.org/BPfakephotos/?id=21974-3465982-dtIoeex&t=4

Thanks for all you do.

–Steven, Marika, Jeff, Duncan, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site,” AMERICABlog, July 20, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89585&id=21974-3465982-dtIoeex&t=5

“Altered BP photo comes into question,” The Washington Post, July 20, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89584&id=21974-3465982-dtIoeex&t=6

2. “BP withholds oil spill facts—and government lets it,” McClatchy Newspapers, May 18, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89024&id=&t=6&id=21974-3465982-dtIoeex&t=8

3. “BP buys up Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community,” Mobile Register, July 16, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89583&id=21974-3465982-dtIoeex&t=9

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