Texas: "State Removes Oil Spill Photos From Public View"

"AUSTIN, Texas — The state has removed aerial-surveillance photos taken during severe floods from a public website.

The decision comes after the El Paso Times earlier this month published a story with dozens of such photos showing apparent oil spills in different river systems over the past few years.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees emergency response, said the photos were removed from a website run by the University of Texas at Austin because they hadn’t been vetted for privacy. He said the public could continue to request them through the Texas Public Information Act.

An environmental activist said, however, that the state appears to be trying to avoid accountability through the move."

Marty Schladen reports for the El Paso Times May 21, 2016.


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Source: El Paso Times, 05/30/2016