May 25th, 2010
09:32 PM ET

BP will continue Gulf oil feed during 'top kill'

Rep. Edward Markey said his office was notified the feed of the oil spill will be shut down while BP tries the "top kill" procedure.

[Updated at 9:20 p.m.] BP says it will continue to provide live video feeds of oil gushing from the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico while it attempts to seal the damaged well in a procedure known as "top kill."

 "BP agreed to make the live feed of the top kill attempt available at the request of the President and the National Incident Center," an administration official told CNN. 

Preparations for the procedure are continuing with the expectation that it could be activated on the morning of Wednesday May 26, 2010, BP said in a statement Tuesday night.Throughout the top kill procedure – which may take up to two days to complete - significant changes in the appearance of the flows at the seabed may be expected, BP said. The changes will not provide a reliable indicator of the progress of the operation as a whole and BP will report on the progress of the operation as appropriate, the company said. 

[Updated at 6:10 p.m.] BP told the chairman of the House subcommittee on energy and the environment that it will be killing the live feed video of the spill at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico while it attempts to seal the well using the "top kill" procedure, Rep. Edward Markey said in a statement. 

“It is outrageous that BP would kill the video feed for the top kill. This BP blackout will obscure a vital moment in this disaster,” Markey said in a statement. “After more than a month of spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP is essentially saying to the American people the solution will not be televised.” 

But BP said no decision has been made yet on whether to temporarily suspend live webcam coverage from the sea bed during the operation. 

"Any statement that a decision has already been taken to stop the feed is both inaccurate and premature," BP said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “As we have been throughout our response to this incident, BP remains committed to full transparency in all our actions.” 

Markey's said BP was expected to terminate the live feed Wednesday, but BP said it's still considering its opti0ns. 

“We are working extremely closely with multiple agencies across the Government and the Unified Command in considering how best to continue to provide access and information throughout the ‘top kill’ procedure. Over the next few days we will be carrying out a sensitive and complex procedure involving multiple simultaneous operations, and we are in active discussion as to whether the live feed from the sea bed that we have been broadcasting will continue to provide meaningful information through this complicated and unpredictable procedure.

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  1. Alioops007

    Chrsitina (incorrect spelling ? lol)
    Again, you are a blubbering idiot.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. mgb1966roadster

    Try getting behind BP to solve the issue, the blame, finger pointing, money grabbing can come later. I dare say that most of those who sit and whine about BP profits do so sat in their gas guzzling cars. The reporters reporting the stories travel to places in gas guzzling vans, cars, helicopters.

    get behind BP and US goverment and solve the problem.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. UpstateNY, Ernest

    ITS APARENT TO ME THE CALIBER OF SOME OF THESE BLOGGERS ON THIS WEBSITE .......TALK ..TALK......HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED THE OBVIOUS??????IF IT FAILS ON "SUPPOSED LIVE FEED" THE AMERICAN FRAGIL EGGSHELL MINDSET WILL DECAVITATE MISERABLY..... ON THE OTHER HAND IF IT IS SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL THEY WILL RELEASE THE FOOTAGE TO SOOTH THE WOLVES. THEY KNOW THE PUBLIC IS FALLING JUST SHORT OF VIOLENCE!!!!! WE ONLY CAN AFFORD GOOD NEWS AT THIS POINT IN TIME. CIVIL UNREST IS EMINENT OTHERWISE. AS I AM IN THIS ORDEAL, I OWN PROPERTY IN FLORIDA,I LIVE ON AND OFF IN SOUTH FLORIDA, AND HAVE MANY DEAR FRIENDS IN THE GULF REGION. ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME FOR MANY OF US. SO... PEOPLE: TRY TO LIMIT THE STUPITY FROM PROLIFERATING FURTHER. ITS OBVIOUS WHATS GOING ON WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP TO THE POINT AND KEEP THE PRESSURE ON BP FOREVER.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. J. C. Wolf

    I suspect there was a mild ocean floor movement which cracked the pipe. With that much oil coming out for months it must create a sinkhole type of situation down there.
    In about five hours they will try to cap the hole. I wish them luck, not for BP, but for all the fish and fowl and people dependent upon the clean shores for a living.
    I don't trust BP, they are just too arrogant.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. laverita'

    although i am very really sad, after the sad a thought came to mind
    maybe it was good ... perhaps the hand of God intervened to show you what it means to leave it to human stupidity and greed, the only way to make you understand, you stupid human beings, what it means to destroy nature with your crap, I hope that B.P. is eating fish caught there, or the money they earn will be the day when hunger ...

    from Italy

    May 26, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • bill atherton

      That is an asinine, fantasy belief. This was NOT caused by 'the hand of God', and any God awful enough to kill millions of creatures for no reason is a God that I want no part of. He could very easily be compared to a God that compels his followers to kill anyone who is an unbeliever. That is a part of the Koran. Anyone who says that the Koran preaches non-violence and peace needs to read that part. The part where you are compelled to KILL ANYONE who is not a Muslim. That's sick, in a very real sense, that's completely and undeniably evil, in its' purest form.

      May 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Denise

    BP isn't going to shut down a well that's producing that much oil. They're just buying time until they can drill a relief well. Forget the gulf shores and all of the animals and marine life. That's just collateral damage for BP. This whole mess makes me ill...literally.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. kat

    I am with you Denise, it is literally making me ill as well.....I am praying this works, this is killing me to watch my favorite body of water and its marine inhabitants being killed......
    PLEASE BOYCOTT ANY BP GAS STATIONS.......

    May 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Denise

      OH, trust me Kat, i will NEVER buy ANYTHING at a BP station, ever again. I just wish everyone felt that way.

      May 27, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. desktoparchitecture

    "24 Hours" Jack where are you now when we truely need you to save us from these BP terrorists

    May 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. leonard

    i think this is a big stall tactic because if the top kill works how will they get the oil to make their trillions of dollars i am sure they have a plan on how to retrieve the remainding oil in the well whe this leak is contained it should be off line to everyone to avoid this happening again and thank BP for the greedy decisions they have made i hope the people effected get compensated huge those people that deped on that area for making a living should never have to worry about money again if BP does the right thing but i doubt that the stinking rich are the cheapest out of anyone.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Denise

    This just goes on, and on and on. Of course the 'topkill' plan didn't work. Neither will the capping of the wellhead. BP doesn't want it to work. They want to drill the relief wells so they can keep pumping their precious oil. As far as our 'Commander-in-chief' is concerned, omg, don't get me started on him. He's an embarrassment to this country and i refuse to give him even a negative comment. I'm not going to waste my time on that.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
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