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The Hill – Markey touts response to BP oil spill in second ad

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) launched a second ad in his bid for the Massachusetts special Senate election, this time focusing on his response to the 2010 BP oil spill.

The ad highlights his efforts to get BP to put a camera focused on the oil gushing into the ocean after one of its oil rigs exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

“When BP tried to avoid responsibility, Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey put the so-called ‘spill cam’ online. Ed Markey uncovered the extent of the damage and when BP executives lied, Ed Markey held them accountable,” a narrator says in the ad, over shots of oil-soaked water and animals, as well as a shot of oil spewing into the ocean.

“I’m Ed Markey and I approved this message, because I believe polluters must pay,” Markey says at the end.

Markey also led an investigation into BP’s claims following the spill, charging that the company was downplaying the severity of the spill. BP ultimately pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress. The company paid $4.5 billion.

But Markey has not given up the fight. Last year, he urged Republicans to hold hearings on a report on the spill.