BP oil spill photos released following Greenpeace FOIA requests

A great example of FOIA requests uncovering new information–and keeping important stories in the headlines–popped up Monday with the release of photos depicting the environmental impact of the BP oil spill in April 2010.

From the Huffington Post:

According to a Greenpeace press release, the environmental group filed a Freedom of Information request in 2010 for the photos — their request was one of over 50 FOIA requests submitted by Greenpeace to various agencies regarding the oil spill.

The Greenpeace press release states that the photos, many focused on oil-covered sea turtles, “appear to be part of the effort to collect evidence for the prosecution of BP and others.”