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. Daniel

    BP–Killing the feed won't stop the spill...

    May 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. slimjim66

    imposing a $10,000 daily fine on BP will shut this leak down QUICKLY .

    May 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • slimjim66

      make it $10,000,000 these FAT CATS can Afford it .

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

      I don't think you realize how much money they make. $10,000 wouldn't cover a lunch for them, they wouldn't notice.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      $10k a day??? LMAO!!! sorry but you could have made that today just shorting the stock probably with the assets YOU have!!!!!

      It's a no-win situation. Sure fine them to death...that won't really fix it any faster. They know that stopping the leak is the most important thing their company can do right now. I don't even think it's about money at this point.

      There is only one sure way to prevent these types of accidents... shut down all the off shore oil wells and pay up at the pump. Since we are most certainly never going to that.... I suppose the best thing is learn to live with. That, and when environmentalists start ranting about potential disaster maybe it would be more polite to listen to them this time rather than dismissing them as lunatics and fanatics.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christine Smith

    What-EV-er Paden. The industry has weakened the regulating process to the point it no longer functions. I'm so sick of hearing about how it's only the government's fault. Really, it's EVERYONE'S fault, not just BP and MMS. Do I drive my car? Yes. Did I go to the public meeting about the anemic EIS that was written about this site? No. So then do I have any business boycotting BP? I really don't think so. I'm complicit. BP is guilty, MMS is guilty. I just hope this doesn't continue to deteriorate into the predictable blame game. I hope that it's a call for everyone to start paying attention and stop relying on the government to solve our problems after we whine about high taxes and then neuter the regulatory process.

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

      Not everyone though! I accept it was my fault as well. I was never one of the environmentalists who warned of the dangers of off shore drilling. But there were very liberal Americans who spoke loudly about these dangers and potential consequences. For the most part their voices were drowned out by $$$$, big oil, and politics.

      I actually think this is a time for all of us to reflect back on how many of those people were treated as they warned of these potential disasters. This is not a "i told you so" moment for me. But given the disrespect and how their opinions and fears were disregarded, this disaster WAS warned about and ignored.

      We certainly can't blame the environmentalists who pleaded to put a stop on off shore drilling but were dismissed.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aubrie

    Frankly, I'm a little worried about this top kill thing. They'll be messing with the pressure inside that pipe and if the pipe explodes and makes the hole bigger or causes more leaks, then what? Maybe I'm paranoid, but I have this vision of bubbling black boiling on the surface of the Gulf, with no way to shut it off. Is it possible to make it all worse if they don't really KNOW what they're doing?

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

      They may not know what they are doing... but who would know better? Unfortunately, for better or worse all knowledge about deep sea oil drilling is tied up in the hands of BP and a few multi-national corporations.

      People talk about, 'pushing BP aside' but the answer is with who? what resources? Ironically that is why Iran offered to help (besides grandstanding) as they, as a country, they drill their own oil and have a lot more knowledge as a country than America does when it comes to these situations.

      We put our trust in BP, not America. So now we must accept BP as the solution. No changing the game at this point.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 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 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mark godfrey

    Nonsense, BP. Keep the cameras roiling you total dirtbags.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DeDe

    So much for transparency!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JeffO

    Because the News media have become entertainers and the reporters are "stars"
    You have to go back to the 70's for any pure news reporting

    May 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jacob

    This is ALL OUR FAULT!!! Our 401k's are invested in big oil, we consume it around every corner. In every piece of disposable plastic we touch, in every piece of food or consumer products we consume that must be shipped to us, and every time a person travels in a vehicle that is larger than needed, is more demand for oil, which drives the free market to seek further oil resources. If we want the cycle of oil consumtion to end, we need to get more people on board to driving less, buying cars that send a message to auto mobile producers that we will buy efficient vehicles and ending our use of disposable plastics. It's on EVERY ONE OF US and NO ONE ELSE!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron

    Makes sense to me. Why would the want to televise another failure live for the world to see?

    May 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BP_IS_A_JOKE


    All you people promoting BP are hillarious. From the start all they have tried to do is save there precious product without trying to cap the leak. HELLO? Every single day they have wasted is another day of horrendous environmental impact. Are all of you BP cheerleaders so daft that your not willing to acknowlege that one simple and completely obvious reality? Also, for all you countless people complaining that BP is the devil you should take a look at yourselves. We as a nation have allowed the auto industry to shove there gas guzzling, air polluting, oil sustaining, vehicles down our throats for years and the only time we really took notice was at the pumps when the prices went out of control. Well now the automakers are doing such a stellar job giving us cars that get 30 mpg as opposed to the old 26-28 mpg. WOW, somebody hold me down because that is SUCH an improvement I just can't contain my excitement. (what a joke) The whole industry is in bed with each other, our government included.

    Who will pay the price, the earth and ultimately our children. Hey who cares though, we're going to be just fine.

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

    Dead on Jacob..but like with everything else, no one wants to take the blame

    May 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. IndyTroy

    Why are we as US residents continuing to buy any products from BP.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quetzacohtl

      Why are we buying any of the products that we constantly consume that are put out by companies that hurt the environment and think only of themselves? Why is it that people only question these actions in situations like this?

      May 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DJ

    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. They're televising it every daylight hour already.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. val

    You know those carnival games where you shoot water into a clowns mouth to blow up balloon? I would do the same to all BP oil execs except shoot the oil they are polluting the earth with until they explode and then stuff their lifeless bodies into the pipe to plug it.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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