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. Nate D-O-double-G

    Step up to the plate Mr. Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • c

      the top kill will pump mud into the well to provide back pressure to prevent the oil from coming up. The mud is heavier than the oil, so the oil will no longer be able to flow into the well. the mud will cover the monitors therefore making it impossible to broadcast also they need the room the monitors take up in order to get equipment in

      May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BubbaGumb

      One of the orginal devices that was put over the pipe was freezing up..... Perhaps some engineer could use this freezing to his advantage and design a cover, rig, capping device that just freezes up and solidifies the pipe leak. Just a thought here. Seems to me, freezing maybe a good thing. Then it bys time to find stop the damage of the enviroment and find a more permants solutions to stopping this leak. The USA Government wants what is best for the overall people and environment. BPs motivation is for them selves. BP might be thinking of capping the leak, with a future attempt to open the pipe line again, to get more oil, make more profits and not care at all about the environment or the people they hurt. There maybe a solution to completely stop this leak fast, but it could be ignored, because it does not fit into the BP agenda. I feel the USA Government needs to be more closely involved, more control of the situation. I do not trust BP. BP is a profit organization and serves itself. Our USA Government serves the people.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shari from Madison WI

      Here is BP once again trying to cover up their mess up. I hope BP knows how much damage this 'accident' has done and will continue to do to the eco system and the many creatures who will probably become extinct because of it. I know accidents happen, but BP needs to take ownership of their errors and truly apologize to not only our nation but to all the world.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonas

      Dreamworks is editing the final piece of the next 2 week feed to show the world. It should have been ready yesterday, but because of the permiere of Shrek 4, they are running a bit behind.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      This is such a disaster and the dispersants are worse environmentally than the oil. It's not like the dispersants neutralize the oil. It just breaks the oil up into tinier droplets. All of the oil is still there and some dispersants actually make the oil clump together which one may think would be a good idea but the clumps of oil just sink to the bottom of the Gulf. It's like >>Out of site = Out of mind Totally useless and unacceptable.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • BubbaGumb

      Ok, find cheap oil. Drill in the Gulf. Great we found oil. Oh, we destroyed the environment, the east coast and fishing and poison the ocean. But we found cheap oil. This what we want right? I am very confident those in charge of BP and the largest stock holders will come out of this with profit and the rest of us will just suffer. If this oil leak does get shut off, I hope it gives our US people and US government the desire and will to put force the resources finding cleanly produced energy sources. Solar power via panels, concentrated sun, wind, hydro electric, create lakes to store fresh water and energy reserves, create jobs local to USA soil. The USA Government wants what is best for the overall people and environment. BP motivation is for them selves. BP might be thinking of capping the leak, with a future attempt to open the pipe line again, to get more oil, make more profits and not care at all about the environment or the people they hurt. There maybe a solution to completely stop this leak fast, but it could be ignored, because it does not fit into the BP agenda. I feel the USA Government needs to be more closely involved, more control of the situation. I do not trust BP. BP is a profit organization and serves itself. Our USA Government serves the people.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane Curry

      BP this and BP that, when will people realize that NO BP is not just looking after them selves or their dollar, does any one bother to see they spent twice as much money in renewable resorces as any one else combined, and are the leaders in solor power. Nor does any one look at the California coast where there are Naterial oil vents that wash up tar balls all the time, Yes this is bad, Yes alot of people are effected, but trying to use BP and the other Oil company's to fix the currents administartions economic mistakes, and use them to fund their new Bail outs, is not the right answer. Lets see how the ameican public reacts when the oil company's justifiably charge $20.00 a Gallon of gas to off set the bill the GoV. is trying to impose on them. Also the oil is nateral carbon, humm lest see oh thats right part of the earth. so be part of the solution, not the problem, cut the buratic red tape, and let BP focus on stopping the spill. instead of standing there with your hand out, looking for free money.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BubbaGumb

      Fact of life, The Guilty, the liars, the thieves prefer secrets. Yes of course BP wants the camera off. They do not want free speech, freedom of press, freedom for the public to know what is going on..... no way! OUR USA GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE ABSOLUTELY CLOSELY INVOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arinna

      "Top kill" as it is described: heavy mud & cement, will not work. The PSI of outflowing material is too great to be contained that way. BP knows this, and is using these plan A,B,C'c to stall for time until they get the relief wells drilled into the pipe. Chill out. The gulfcoast communities are already in enough trouble. Focusing on clean-up would be more productive than wanting to observe the circus online.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • john mason

      typical of bp. frankly. i think they are using smoke and mirrors to buy time until they can drill these relief wells. bottom line is that is they say waiit until august, the public would begin to burn their gas stations...face it folks. this company,. as with all of the oil companies have only one thing in mind and that is profits. they do not care about anything else...a dead bird here, a dead fish there, loss of jobs-who cares as long as we make the money...

      May 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Get more oil out? Thats what they will do with the "Relief" well they are drilling. One well collapsed, they need a new one to get the rest of the oil anyway. And this $500 million they are setting aside to give to universities and science to study the aftermath... in 5 or 10 years they will use it in a commercial "And look, we have donated $500 million for science and education!" neglecting to say why because they figure most people will have forgotten why. And it's not like they can't afford any of the things they are having to do with the windfall profits they made just a couple of years ago off of us when gas pushed $5 a gallon and no windfall profit tax was placed on them because of the payoffs and being in bed with our fine government.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • xemployee

      I've been an employee for Cameron, maker of the BOP and Riser for the last 23 years. I will bet my last dollar that all the info the news media is getting from BP, Transocean and Cameron are all half truths, and the environmental disaster it created will not be fully know for years to come. There are a lot of short-cuts due to cost and time constrains. I'm ashamed to say I worked for Cameron...

      May 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BubbaGumb

      OUR USA GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE ABSOLUTELY CLOSELY INVOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!! OUR USA NAVY ROBOTIC SUBMARINES NEED TO HAVE THIER CAMERAS THERE. Does everyone really expect little snippets of information to come from BP to be unbiased, really unbiased? Come on! Yes, BP drills for oil as a business, they are the experts, but do not trust them individually, never. If you do, you give them the same power as a monopoly. The USA people need to be informed and the US Government needs to up their butts in controlling and overseeing this problem! Our USA government represents ALL THE PEOPLE! Oh, by the way, the GULF does touch Mexico. This environment mess is going to have world effects. Its going to poison the Atlantic. This oil will work its way up the East Coast, Then to Europe too. This poison is going to create gigantic havoc on the Atlantic and our environment. YES, TURN ON THE CAMERAS AND YES THE USA GOVERNEMENT AND OTHER COUNTRIES BEST GET INVOLVED! AND FAST! The East Coast coral reefs are already dieing, do you have any idea what this will do to them further??!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian's_Mommy

      I've been following this disaster for weeks, and it makes me embarrassed to be human, let alone American. I just can't understand why BP didn't just try this tactic sooner? Was it because of the equipment the company needed to pull it off, or was it because it wanted to try and save the well?

      I'll never buy from BP again (at least not directly/consciously), just like I never went to Exxon for gas again (although I am sure I have unknowingly used their oil somewhere...but at least it wasn't/won't be in my gas tank). Too bad the company wouldn't sacrifice an hour's profits to finance an acoustic switch. Makes me absolutely sick.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Like it would be so hard for the US Gov to contract out a sub with a camera on it! Lets go and watch with our own cameras and then BP couldn't tell us that we can't watch! Just my 2 cents!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Campbell Wallace

      I'm a big democrat, but this is appalling. But Obama is acting like a true politician: If Obama verbally takes charge, he will be responsible for any bad results. Therefore, he's sitting back on his hands as a POLITICAL MOVE, TO KEEP HIS APPROVAL RATINGS UP. Mr. President: Stop BEING A SELF CONSCIOUS COWARD and get BP out of the way. Some board room in London filled with a bunch of money mongering Brits could not care less about the gulf coast's economy, wildlife, or culture.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      How is it that any NEWS affiliate can report a story that millions will read and it not be confirmed? Preposterous! Happens all the time and it irks the H!LL out of me.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      We need a man down there....any volunteers? Yeah doggie! Pressure? What pressure! It's just a little cold is all! hehe! They did it in Abyss.....use liquid oxygen and send Ed Harris down there again...he already has experience! LOL!

      May 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • OneWHoCares

      "Our USA Government serves the people". Where have you been, on "LOST"! The Government servers "WE THE PEOPLE" when its to their advantage. I can see the GOV trying to NUKE the well now, and setting the entire gulf on fire. There is a lot of BAD STUFF under the seabed.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Please join Facebook page "Seize their assets" if you care at all about this disaster.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Rollings

      Hey Mr President, why don't YOU step up to to the plate and tell BP that the US GOV (EPA) will take over the live feed.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicodemus Atuswege Ngwala

      BP has been causing a lot of mess around the world ,they reallly dont care the interest of the indegenous people and environment ,what they care is profit at any cost .....we have seen this in the niger delta ,BP has been part and parcel resouce curse in nigeria ...but now they are facing the mighty power ,who in the past was their uncle ,cousin ,brother in law but who who only mind his busness of his interest where ever he goes .....i dont know how this uncle,cousin ,brother in law is going to react .....let us wait and see....the swahili people says when brothers fight take your hoe and go to farm ,when they agree take your basket and go to harvest

      May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bay

      ummmm thats bs. The rov monitoring the spill in no where near the bov. This is def a coverup. What don't they want us to see.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michigan

      When is President Obama, or the United States government going to take control of this situation. First, BP ignores the request of the EPA to stop using the toxic dispersant in our ocean, and now, their telling congress they're cutting the feed on the camera! Who's running this country, Our President, or Large Oil Companies? Everything is about perception, from sinking the oil below the surface instead of allowing it to evaporate and be skimmed off the top; to cutting the feed on the camera for fear we may witness them fail once again. I would rather see them make an attempt and fail, then not see anything at all being done. When will we elect leaders to run this country and protect our resources? BP of the United Kingdom telling the United States Government how it is going to handle this oil spill; then ignoring our government agencies overseeing environmental safety, ultimately destroying America's Gulf Shores and wildlife. No thanks Mr. President, do what we elected you to do and take charge. Shut down other BP operations in the United States and it waters, seize their assets until this disaster has been resolved and every last individual adversely effected from this tragedy has been compensated.

      May 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pearl999

      Tuesday, 25 May 2010

      May 26, 2010 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Just my thoughts ...

      Nobody in this small world, lives too far from this catastrophe to not consider lending a helping hand. This oil will move and may end up landing in Europe after decimating the fragile coastal breeding grounds, as well as fishing industries, vacation industries, etc, in and around the Gulf. Is it too much to ask other oil companies to lend their expertise and equipment to help out. Does it not make sense to be addressing this oil BEFORE it hits land, and BEFORE it spreads further into the ocean simultaneously while BP is trying to cap it. Is it true that we have not learned any lessons from the Exxon Valdez disaster, and the collection of oil has not improved in the last 20 years.

      I do not have any expertise, but I care so much about Mother Earth to just stand by and watch this take place, so what can I do right now to help?

      May 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • desktoparchitecture

      I have been watching both the CNN live Internet feed of the OIL SPILL and the Cable CNN feed for most of the day today. The one thing I would like to point out and ask is who at FOX network gave CNN the proprietary right to name the current Top Kill BP project "24 HOURS? I keep seeing the "24 HOURS" listed as the project name. Can anyone explane the connection with the FOX network?

      May 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. d

    Everyone's acting like these pieces of crap own the ocean. Who cares what they think they can allow. Push these punks out of the way.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • daveo

      I assume from your comments that you have the resources, expertise and equipment that a deep-sea oil drilling company has and can replace them ? Or do you believe that the government can replace them?

      May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • KD

      This affects us all and we all should have a say.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • darp0

      daveo, the BP people dont even have the expertise to close this hole (which makes it ridiculous that they were allowed to perform this deep water drill in the first place) so if they were to be kicked out and replaced by scientists and engineers hired by the government, I dont think we would be missing out on much.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Win.


      I love how you think the government has any more expertise.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden

      Here's something you all need to understand. As a mechanical engineer, I can tell you this with absolulte certanty: The chance of MAKING THE LEAK WORSE is much greater than fixing the leak. If BP accidentially bursts the pipe then we are screwed. There will be no stopping the leak. Everything is screwed. No top kill. No cement. Just an unrestricted flow of oil.

      Thats why it's taken a month. 5000 feet of water pressure can screw up everything. It's not like when you go and work out in your backyard. Differences in the pressure on materials, corrosion, density, viscocity, that dont exist on the surface do down there. METHANE can SOLIDIFY at that depth (well, methane hydrate as least). We burn that gas in our stoves.

      And to people who think BP didn't do enough to promote saftey: there are over 100 DIFFERENT safety mechanisms on that floating rig. and guess what, THE GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED ENGINEERS said that those safety measures were enough. If you are going to fault someone, fault the government for not being thorough enough.

      There reason they are killing the feed has little to do with BP. It has to do with the guy who holds the patent on the top kill method. BP doesn't own that patent. BP has to kill the feed because that would be considered releasing a trade secret.

      How about you people actually think about WHY its taking so long. BP has the best engineers in the WORLD working for them around the clock. The best we can do now is just try and clean stuff up faster.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Its just incredibly disappointing to find out that there was no contigency for this. It seems it has everyone stumped, when we have 1500+ of these out there.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Is it patented or a trade secret from another company? Patented ideas are not trade secrets and can't be. A patent is a time limited monopoly on an invention granted for disclosing the invention.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG in NY

      Thank you for pointing that out Charlie!
      Paden's argument was mostly sound to that point.
      Well except for the "100 different safety mechanisms" comment... I bet there are that many "safety mechanisms" on board a drilling rig, just not necessarily all related to shutting down an unabated leak from the well head!

      So Paden, are you saying that 100 different safety mechanisms ALL FAILED, and that the company responsible for that is one we should TRUST??? No less, as blindly as you seem to suggest we should. Shut the cameras off? No semblance of transparency? No public accountability?

      BP needs to 'keep trying', but we can't have all of our oil-stained eggs in their basket.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dino

      I disagree with your statement that the govenment engineer said it meets the requirements. Throughout our history, the federal government has lied to send our children off to war, lied to take our money, lied to steal our property, lied to gain our trust, and lied to enhance its power over us. Just because the government tells you something doesn't mean you should not use your brain and improve it. If BP has the best engineers in the world, they would have counted on disaster like this. Every structure built has plan B for the worst case scenario.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden


      Companies build to government specifications when taking risky endeavors that involve public safety and health (like the FDA requirements for drug production). Its not the companies fault that the specifications were lax.

      Case in point: There is a type of blowout preventer that used acoustic signals to trigger the mechanism from 10 MILES away from the drilling site. The government decided that this would exceed safety parameters and made it optional. No one used it in North America. It is REQUIRED for drilling in South America.

      How i know this? I spoke to someone who does exploration for oil companies and has several ROV's and was contacted by BP. The above was his suggestion to oil companies. None have heeded his suggestion so far.

      If the government sets a higher safety standard, ALL companies will meet it or face unwanted retribution.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Push them of the way with what? What resources do you personally possess to solve the problem more than an oil industry experts? America has ZERO knowledge in the subject because our oil industry is run by multi-national corporations, not the US government.

      Asking BP to step down because they can't fix this is like if the Pitsburg Steelers are losing games to "push them" out of the way and replace them with some US soliders or FEMA workers. How do you think a pro football game of US soliders playing against any "pro" NFL team would do? That is the reality. America simply has nothing to offer because we chose to let private industry and put our trust in global corporations instead of America.

      Now if you wish to nationalize the oil industry, get rid of haliburton, tranceocean, BP, Exxon, etc. and instead put the US government in charge... well then in 10 or 15 years America may actually be able to contribute productively during this sort of disaster. Same as if we started recruiting and training US soliders on the basis of their football ability in case the time ever comes they need to take the field. lol

      May 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peter Weeks

    You gotta be kidding me. Maybe they have something more to hide.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodsteaks

      What they have to hide is that it probably won't work and could in fact cause the spewage to get even worse.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • KD

      If we all can watch it live they'll be sweating like pigs because they know it might not work and they know we'll be mad as hell when it does not work. Ummmm...welll... We already are!

      May 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chrsitina

    Who cares? Do we really need 24/7 coverage of the oil spill? Isn't it enough to know that there is a problem and maybe a solution? Are we so desperate for "news" that we have to know exactly what is happening, when it is happening? What right do we have to this video feed? None.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SugarMama

      Maybe you have Oil Devastation Fatigue, but this is life and death to those of us who live in South Louisiana. If it's as bad as feared, it will eventually have a negative impact on your life as well. If we're to have any recourse with BP, we all need to know exactly what they're doing.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • rtica

      " Isn't it enough to know that there is a problem and maybe a solution?"

      Maybe a solution? I think the fact that they have not come up with a solution in OVER A MONTH gives us the right to monitor what they are doing. Notice there was no explanation as to why they don't want in monitored. It is just cya in case their SOLUTION doesn't work. AGAIN.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      so simple minded aren't you? We want (not need) to see the "top kill" so we can see for ourselves whats going on. It has nothing to do with desperation for news....some people actually care about whats going on. We like to see for ourselves not get a print-out written by oil executive lawyers telling us what happened. The fact that you can't realize something as plain and simple as this....disturbs me, to say the least.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • What right?

      you have about as much to know whats going on down there, and what they are doing about it, as you have to the ocean itself. If you like it, if its important to you, if the ability to go most anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico and see clean beaches, or if your lively-hood comes from the Gulf of Mexico, yeah, you have a right to know what a Corporation has done to take that away from you....

      May 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • dean

      If left unchecked, this could destroy the planet as we know it. We have every right to see what is going on, Especially since we have been pushing for alternate fuel for years!!

      May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • xxception

      Ummm, I WANTED to see the healthcare debate live on C-SPAN, but that didn't happen either. And THAT was after it was promised that it would happen. AND, the President works FOR us.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Hey everyone.... Christina works for BP!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Televising the leak 24/7 has nothing to do with news or keeping the public informed, it's simply Mr.Markey playing politics. He knows that, like watching a continuous loop of anything distasteful, it keeps the flames fanned.

      Do we need a 24/7 feed? No. Do we need a real time look at the efforts and procedures to stop the thing? No.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrsitina

      Thanks for the personal attack, mark. You don't know me and I'd appreciate if you'd not make assumptions about me. The article pertains to the fact that the live feed will be terminated during the "top kill". People are outraged over the fact that they won't be able to see the tragedy anymore. People believe it is their right to see it. I don't think there is any right to it. Regardless of the cause or outcome.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam F

      If you don't like Mark's comment then get back to work. BP needs you to answer the phones.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      BP will shut the cameras off, then they will point the cameras to another part of the ocean floor, and claim that the leak was fixed. There is so much oil already so much oil in the gulf, that it could probably be leaking for another year, and we would never know the difference. BP= Brilliant People = Big Business People = Media Control = Stupid People trust them

      May 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      You are an idiot!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG in NY

      I second bob

      May 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @mark-yes it is desperation for news.....people in general are nosey as hell and are glued to the TV for hours watching the media arm-chair quarterback everything. The attempted fix will either work or it won't. No one has a "right" to watch BP's monitor. If you wanna see it live, go put your own camera equipment down there.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      People think they have "rights" to everything in the world. No, you're rights are in the Bill of Rights. No where in that does it say that people have a right to watch a company's live feed. When people say "it's my right", what they really mean is "I'm a nosey-a**" and I worry about everyone else's business but my own.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Living on the East Coast of Florida

      Who cares? I care! And so do alot of other people.

      Do we really need 24/7 coverage of the oil spill? Absolutely! The world needs to see what's happening to our oceans.

      Isn't it enough to know that there is a problem and maybe a solution? No, it isn't. I want to see; I don't want to hear about it second-hand.

      Are we so desperate for "news" that we have to know exactly what is happening, when it is happening? No, Christina, we not 'desperate' for news. Knowing what's happening and when it's happening is the kind of world we now live in.

      What right do we have to this video feed? None. I disagree. This believe this video feed falls into the category of free speech. We do have a right.

      Keep the cameras on. I want to see this shut down. We've polluted the waters enough already. Not to mention the devastation to the marine life and wildlife.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorikj

      I dont know about you, but i live in South West Louisiana, about 30min from the gulf of mexico on the Calcasieu river and the intercoastal waterway, me and my family go fishing and crabbing on the coast all the time i guess it doesn't matter to anyone that we will be catching dead fish and black crabs... and GOD help us if a hurricane comes this way.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |

      Welcome to the 21st Century. The Reality TV shows era, the Facebook Era, the Twitter era, the E-mail era, the right now I need info Era, my friend. We cannot wait for tomorrow, we need live coverage , Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

      May 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • xemployee

      We have every right to see what is going on 5000 ft below the water. We've been lied too and deceived by BP, Transocean, Cameron and the Goverment. There needs to be transparency! This blowout will effect the entire eco system from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Ocean. This has ramifications that will effect millions of people, much less all the wildlife in the region.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Show me the law that says you have a right. You won't find it cuz there isn't anything saying you have that right. You are just nosey. If you want to see the live feed, go buy your own camera equipment and put it down there yourself. Now that's a right you DO have.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valeriy

      Thanks Christina. At least some one reasonable who pointed out that we need to know the overall status of the process rather than keep on staring at the screen with monotonous pictures (yeah, I know, it's very important picture, but it still monotonous). It will take at least 12 hours to test plus whatever time for the full effect. Is anyone indeed going to seat all this time in front of his screen? Come on, we wouldn't even know what part of that flow we should be looking for. It's more about our spoiled sense of "I want to see it now, someone owes it to me." If you want to have the latest info, just have someone tweet you from down there.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Well, first of all chritiena, you're too lame to spell your own name. Second. If there was some arsonists group going from house to house, burning them down, you wouldn't be concerned? Do you actually understand what is going on here? Apparently not. Millions of people are going to be displaced. MILLIONS. If this were YOUR home and your life you wouldn't be "anxious?" Let's go back to the arsonist theory. You see them coming for three blocks, burning one house after another, and you frantically call 9-11 begging for help and the dispatcher yawns, "yeah, we are working on there. We'll send someone to take care of that next month."

      How do you feel about that? Upset? Damn right you are. Well, it's been 37 freakin DAYS. 37. NOTHING DONE. So why trust or believe these monsters? Give us a good reason?

      May 26, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. SugarMama

    What are they hiding?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • xxception

      I'm guessing the same thing Obama was hiding when he backed out of pledge to have debates carried live on C-SPAN. You will still know what happened, you just won't know AS it happens.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Self

      xxception's response was about as relevant to the question and the article as to whether or not the oil executive's in question have a mustache; even less so I would argue.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      they wanna make sure to edit it in the right places......don't want to panic the public any further. BP reminds me of a cat taking a dump and scratching around to cover it up.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tomh

    DO not understand why they can shut off video feed. It is as though they can tell the gov what they want to do. Feds should assert themselves more and demand more. We have a right to see what is going on.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      But when the government wants to see what YOU'RE doing , there seems to be a problem with it......

      May 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Really, what right is that?

      BP's operation, BP's equipment, BP's oil

      May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo


      Everything is in place. We spend billions maintaining the alphabet agencies that are tasked with overseeing drilling. Obama balked.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keri

      "Really, what right is that?

      BP's operation, BP's equipment, BP's oil"

      Robert, in case you haven't's OUR ocean!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      Yes, it may be BP's equipment, BP's oil and BP's operation, but it's OUR economy, OUR beaches, OUR wetlands, OUR estuaries, OUR seafood industry and restaurants, It's OUR tourism industry, OUR hotels, OUR communities and OUR freaking PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Arthur

    Something is amis.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    If the feed is that crucial, then President Obama should issue an order that it be left on.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Maybe he will. Obama has been raised to the level of a god..and demonized at the same time by the same people during this oil spill. Who cares about Obama as a person? This is the administration we're talking about. Its bigger than one man. There are a lot of tight relationships and back-door dealings that we don't know about here...not to mention the boatload of donations/contributions from BP that we do know about. This situation reaks of the overall problem of corporations and government getting in bed together.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      sounds like more government intrusions to me

      May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. randall adkins

    this is just another attempt to keep us in the dark of what is really happening out there in the gulf. It seems that BP has the upper hand and the feds do not. Its time someone with some guts stepped in and tell this company what it needs to do and not take orders from BP

    May 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ripper

    A huge disappointment if this is true. If it is not shown and the Top Kill does not work, conspiracy theory nut-jobs will claim it was never actually attempted, ala man faking the landing on the moon. But then again - BP could just generate a feed from some hangar w/ a water tank in Arizona and say it is for real. :/

    May 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chrsitina

    tomh – why do you have the right to know what is going on? How about it we put a live feed in your office so everyone can see what's going on at all times. Do we have a right to do that?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • not needed

      It is the lack of supervision that has caused this oil in the first place. If this so called accident had happend in their own house, and had not affected rest of the world including animals no one would care. Since there's only 1 world, and we all have to share, it is everyones business if someone does something like this. I assume you would be the person that would vote for Nuclear Bomb testing as well?

      May 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      If my office was the site of a major enviromental diaster, then yes. Not to mention all of the other scientist who would be deprived of the opportunity to comment and provide suggestions as to what could be done differently in a second attempt (assuming that it does not work). BP has done more to spin this and control the flow of information than any other instance in the free world that I can think of. Are you Rand Paul?

      May 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Chrsitina why do you have to keep injecting when your obviously ignorant? Do you think we need to know what you're thinking all the time? Why don't they just put a camera in your brain so we can hear your thoughts every second.

      Also, this oil spill is going to be one of the worst MAN MADE disasters of all time. OF COURSE we have a right to know whats going on with it. This stopped being BP's private business the day oil started flooding into the PUBLIC OCEAN. Read a book please.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • InTheLoop

      As soon as I start getting tax breaks and incentives to supply SAFE energy to the country and have the right to drill in water that supplies food to a large part of the population I think I should give up some right to hide what i am doing or dont you think ?

      May 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dean

      Putting a camera in my or yours or his office, home, ect is not the point. Were not dumping tons of oil into a very sensitive environment. If i'm breaking laws all the time, by all means put a camera on me and a keylogger on my computer. I deserve it.
      Think about what you are saying Chirstina, Not very bright are you?

      May 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Christina...These clowns do not own the ocean.
      We have a right to know because we live on this planet and will be the ones to feel the impact of this disaster.
      Also, I sincerely hope you are on the BP payroll, because if not, it would seem you are mentally challenged.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alioops007

      Chrsitina (even spelled your own name incorrectly?) ,
      You are a complete idiot and must be serving these powers who cause all the tragedies. The entire ecosystem is at stake.

      May 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zeppelin

    @Chrsitina: You probably have some relative working at BP providing you with posh goodies. We deserve to know what is happening because we are eventually going to foot the bill. Government keeps saying we the public won't pay for BP's disaster. BP says they will "take care of it". We're going to get slammed with increased gas prices so the BP executives can keep their outrageous pay and bonuses, while gouging the public and laying off low-level BP employees.

    What right do we have to this video feed? We have every right to see it.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    They don't want us to see another botched atemped at stopping this

    May 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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    • mark

      they will probably come up with a "oh it didn't work...but it greatly slowed the leak" story for us. Then they will refuse to show us anymore footage and the public will largely forget about it. Until it shows up on the east coast that is.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Arthur

    They could tell us that it worked when, in actuality it didn't, or, more alarmingly, they plan on doing something to cover up the condition of the blowout preventer setup. Something is being hidden, and, they do not want the educated public to see. Typical British move!

    May 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meghan

      Although the public may be educated in general terms, when it comes to the oil and gas industry, it is obvious to many in the industry that almost all comments are from people who are uneducated about the science, technical aspects, and feasibility of ideas within the O&G industry that they so readily criticize, yet continue to support. Without demand there would be no production. Simply stopping driving would not curb demand. by-products from oil are used in almost everything, from Hershey chocolate bars, to most chapsticks, to the plastic bags you bring your groceries home in, to the physical components in your car, and the list goes on and on.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tomh

    BTW is BP drilling in US waters? If so they should be forced to leave the video feed on. Does not matter if people want to watch it just have it on! Many big oil is used to having their way and are not used to being told what to do. Anyway that decision should not be made by BP.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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