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. JuliO

    Where is my comments, Any body like it? CNN

    May 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. plug z leak

    May 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    I'm wondering why there's just one camera down there, not ten. Surely that's possible. It's a mile deep, but it's not the Marianas Trench. And why is it BP's call in the first place?

    May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Billious

    There's no reason to turn off the cam, other than to hide the matter.
    What would George Bush do if he were still President? He'd probably be on vacation for a couple months, ignoring the problem; then call it a terrorist attack by Iran and invade Iran; and then give BP (and Haliburton) a multi-billion bail-out that we'd all pay for, none of which would go to people injured by this disaster. It does seem strange that Haliburton (Dick Cheney's company – that was miraculously put in charge of running the Iraq war) was pouring concrete in the well when it exploded, yet they are never mentioned. You know, concrete gets very hot as it cures.
    All of this goes to show that deep ocean drilling should just be stopped, and we should tax the hell out of oil, like most other nations do. In fact, we should just get rid of the income tax (except for people who make more than $200,000) and replace it with an oil tax. Cheap gas only leads to too many fat, stupid Americans driving their gas guzzling pick-ups trucks around, on roads that are falling apart.

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

      Obama's been on TWO vacations since the slick started, so, whats your point?

      Obama needs to show the leadership Bush didn't with Katrina...but he is doing everything to avoid political blame

      May 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • american idiot

      Americans born later than 1980 have been on vacation for 30 years, give me a break.

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

      But Jeffo, this is not Katrina. American tax payers put in tens of billions for emergency response teams, national guard, ambulances, firefighters, police officers, of course the US military as well. America does not possess knowledge of deep shore oil drilling. There is absolutely NOTHING the US government has to offer as a solution. Hurricanes were a prepared and planned for event with billions in money given to countless agencies. The oil industry is privatized.

      Now if you are suggesting shutting down exxon, BP, Haliburton, Trancocean... and putting oil drilling and production under the entire domain of the US government... then 10-15 years down the road I suspect the US president would have resources and the total accountability to fix this current problem.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CC

    News Flash...It's in BP's best interest to fail until the relief well is complete.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dennis

    Is BP out of it's mind?

    May 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. heimlick

    NEWS FLASH II – The relief well(s) are NOT a 100% guaranteed fix. Which is why they are drilling TWO relief wells simultaneously – since the odds are doubled with two going in.

    DRILLING IS A BEST GUESS – just like drilling a water well.

    The relief wells are a BEST GUESS...don't hold your breath. I'm not!

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

      You are absolutely correct. This is a crap shot at best. The whole situation is truly sad. Growing up, my family vacationed on the Gulf every year...wonderful place...wonderful seafood. One thing is for certain, I trust the EPA as far as I can throw them. The dispersant fall-out will keep my family away from the Gulf for years to come. Very, very sad.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    To: Campbell Wallace

    I appreciate your frustration but what do you mean 'get them out of the way' and have the US government do it? What experience does ANYONE in the federal government have compared to the oil industry?

    It would be like asking the Pitsburg Steelers to step down if they were losing games so that we could have our US soliders play their positions instead. America simply dioes not possess the knowledge or technology and as a 'big democrat', as I am as well, we know which party wants a weak government with little regulation and all of the power and knowledge out of America's hands and in the hands of multi-national corporations.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. william graham

    they should try this "" this is just a rough example. detailed drawings have been sent to BP. and they are on my facebook page. please view and comment. thank you

    May 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JoshButcher


    May 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cando

    I wish the Congress would stop wasting BP’s money on hearings when there money is best spent on the fix.
    Why waste taxpayer’s money on hearings about something that’s happened, when the money is best spent on helping fix and clean up the problem.
    I wish my Gov. was more proactive instead of reactive.
    More money would be saved as well as time.
    If we focus on the fix not the blame we can get past this.
    The Corp of Eng. Should have been mobile ASAP. As well as FEMA. This was a gimme as I call it.
    Anyone could see that this had the potential to be catastrophic.
    And stopping off shore drilling won’t help anyone or anything.
    The problem was we forced them to go so far out that TECHNOGY was slow to catch up.
    Being a reactive Gov. you waited till something happened to figure out what you should have done before it got built.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Our country is really only prepared and resourced for one event... and that event is war. In every other category America is one of the weakest non-3rd world nations in the world.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lynn

    You know if YOU or I poured a quart of oil in the ocean, we would handcuffed and put in Jail. So why not round up all the Arrogant BP People and hook them up to a chain gang and put them to work on the Beaches for the rest of their life, because we all know that's how long it going to take to clean up the BP Mess of The Gulf of Mexico.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ky'Anne

    I don't know why i keep giving yall all this free information...lord knows it would be nice if someone would pay for this ish...BP will have to show what they are going to do once they get down there for it would be unlawful if they did not...reason: when they mess it up this time...we need evidence of what they did litigate the B from the P.Also...and before i say this can i get my 10% like the church...Clean Water is the new gold. Maybe someone will remember me....

    May 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andy


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    May 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roger24

    I love to see people say that the top kill procedure is proprietary to a 3rd party and they don't want the world to see it in action. A quick search on CNN will not only give a details on the procedure but a 3d demo of it in action. I just don't see how obfuscating the live feed will keep the patent and procedure public.

    The people posting these contradictory comments most likely work for BP.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden

      The PROCEDURE is proprietary. Yes they have places online that tell you whats going to happen, but it doesn't say how. To allow everyone to see exactly how you perform an operation invites criticism and copycats. BP wants neither.

      IMO the most likely reason the feed is shut off is because the camera is going to be used to help with the top kill.

      May 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
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