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. BlameOurselves

    Why are we so quick to blame BP? Aren't WE the ones that want our trucks, SUVs, and high performance cars? Aren't WE the ones that don't hold our government accountable when they wasted the $1 billion Exxon fine? Aren't WE the ones that live in Megahomes with more square footage than we truly need? There will always be a BP as long as WE'RE the problem, folks.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JeffO

    People, this isn't a TV show for your entertainment. Most likely when they start the top kill procedure, it will look like they are creating more of a mess that leeches/parasites like Rep Markey can use to use for some political advantage.

    They been complaining all along about BP doing nothing, well now they are, so shut up and pray for a good result

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

      Jeff, Right on. The ignorance of some these people just amazes me. The feed will end because this is NOT for our entertainment. Do you people want the well capped, or not? Also, how many of these ijits complaining are enjoying nice air conditioning, electricity, their computers (takes LOTS of plastic for these things, made from ...PETROLEUM!!!!!!!!!). Yes, this is a disaster, but remember how much crude was put into the gulf from Katrina? Didn't hear much about that, did we...

      May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • american idiot

      how about you shut up and quit defending BP. get real

      May 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      They're televising it every daylight hour already, and that's not pretty to look at either. Is this top fill operation the equivilant of putting an animal out of it's misery? I think not. It should be televised because the public has a right to know.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeffO

      American Idiot..nice name BTW...

      I'm not defending BP at all... But I can just hear joe sixpack complaining about not having a clear view of the top kill procedure when all that mud is floating around

      May 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Well of course BP own the Gulf of Mexico so they can do what they want ... Oh wait a minute ....

    May 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    Can't we just use depth charges to blow eveything up? The most it will do is kill a few whales, but hey we do that already

    May 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    Hmm... Has anyone ever seen what happens when you stir up mud in a body of water? It becomes impossible to see. Even if the cameras were on, it's likely the view would become clouded as it would settle in the water surrounding the leak at first. So, as much as I like to see a clouded view, I'd much rather wait until the dust settles and see the leak stopped.. If it works, I'll gladly pass on watching the process.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    they don't want it shown live because they know it won't work and they are going with this fix just to say they done something to try and resolve the problem. Without any video proof of what they are doing they can lie a little better to the public because there's no video to prove otherwise. Just a better way to cover up their tracks if things does not go well.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    BP is getting as bad as Exxon was. trying to hide all their mess ups. and skirting the responsibility, Half assed clean up. Letting the wildlife take the brunt of the damage. Now they disrespect America again with turning off the American feed. Durring 911 another American disaster they did not turn off the news feed. Why should a foreign company do that to Americans, on a American disaster they created? After all is said and done. All foreign oil companies need to be kicked off American soil on land and in the sea. Buy American, That use to be the call years ago. I found myself buying American, it cost a little more, but it keeps America strong.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 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 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chrissy

    Has the gov't made a shout out yet to all the other oil companies, US & otherwise, to see if they have hte equipment and knowhow to help in this situation? I immediately think of the Norwegians... they deal with deep wells in the North Sea and have a lot of deep water experience. Have they been contacted to help this situation out yet??? -has anyone other than BP?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    Using the dispersants under water is to keep the spilled oil deep, BP says they will put the ecology back. What they arnt telling you is they do not have the technology to retrive oil from the sea floor 1 mile deep. dredging can only go so far down. It is in BP best interest to sink as much of that oil as deep as they can, The bean counters have told them that it is cheaper to sink it then to have to clean it. It is all about saveing a buck.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. heimlick

    Wonder if this is how the earth goes up in a ball of fire and brimstone? Anybody got a match?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MJB

    Horray for South Korea, they don't want anything to do with North Korea anyway. Good bye !!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Seriously...if this doesn't work, we need to do what the Russians do. Tactical nuke. Not the giant kind...the "city block" size. As much pressure as is pumping up out of there and as deep as this is, I'm doubtful anything less is going to stop this. The environmental damage from any tactical sized nuke is going to be far less than the continual gushing of oil. Again...we need to learn from what Russia has done on these...they didn't do that unless they already knew there were no alternatives. It may also serve as a reminder of just how powerful they are, and why we really otherwise don't need them around.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Albert

    All this is very sad! And we are all at fault, us because we want cheap fuel, the government because allows the big companies to get away with so much so a few individuals fill their pockets and those big companies like BP for being so greedy that they do not care about the consecuences of pushing to hard to make money. Mother nature is bleeding bad and is getting close to being beyond repair, so many people is going to suffer because of this and like I said in the beginning is all very sad!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quetzacohtl

      Cheap fuel my a$$. Fuel hasn't been cheap for a very long time. We're not all at fault here anyway. I walk and ride my bike most places, and would love to see a more intellegent way to fuel our motorized vehicles come out. I am not a brilliant scientist and haven't come up with a way to do that yet on my own(short of going back to horses...), but I know somebody out there has found a better type of fuel and for some reason involving money it hasn't been put into practice yet. I am definately not ok with off shore drilling and had it ever been up for a vote in my time I would have voted "NO".

      May 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lynn D.

    Edub said" Praying will not do a thing, this is MANS mess not the creators. Unfortunately for us man is wasting all prayers on their favorite American Idol....." You a partially correct, most Americans waste all their time being "programmed" by American Idiot (I mean Idol). You incorrect that "prayer will not do thing". Prayer would work if we were all willing to repent of our sins first, and then ask the Creator to intervene in this situation which is cause by His enemy via man's greed, selfishnes and wickedness. Satan operates through his stooges by offering them bribes in order to get them to look the other way and not do what they should, like dig a relief well before drilling for oil at 5,000 feet and making absolutely sure their BOP is in proper working condition, etc. etc. This verse sums it up: "Everyone loves bribes and seeks after rewards." Isaiah 1:23 and this sums up why our prayers don't get answered: "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear my prayers." Psalm 66:18 As far His ability to intervene in this horrific nightmare if we were to repent and pray simultaneously as the above person said this verse would apply: "But with God all things are possible." Matt 19:26

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