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. Sue

    All name calling and politics aside, this is very, very bad. It will impact the environment for along time. In the time it took me to read the comments and write this thousands more gallons of oil spewed out. The Exxon oil spill is still a problem, so I can't even begin to wonder what this will do. Was the Alaskan pipeline bought by BP? I wasn't sure.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      I know.. politics aside... but there were many liberal environmentalists who warned of these disasters and they were mocked and ridculed. Often not politiely. I think it is a very important reminder to Americans why 'drill baby drill' Republicans cannot be allowed back into power. Environmentalists have put up a tough fight for decades but always lost to big oil and politics. Now that this disaster is a reality, I think it's time all of them, some who dedicated their lives, get the recognition they deserve. Too bad what they said could happen, actually did. I certainly never took on evironmental causes or specifically feared off shore oil drilling. But there were people did and spoke out loudly. Sadly $$$$ spoke much louder.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. aaprime

    Anyone who follows evironmental science and oil drilling knows that this outcome was certainyl not unexpected and it was DEFINITELY predicted by multiple underwater geological engineers with the technical skills to recognize the environmental risks of a wellhead blowout. These types of blowouts happen everytime a major oil find is discovered. This is a MAJOR discovery of oil that has already lowered the global price of oil. If anyone out there wants to verify that fact, just look at oil futures over the past 30 days. BP took the risk of finding the oil and now must deal with the consequences of not having found it in a way to contain it in the unique environment created at 5000 feet below sea level. This kind of event used to cause champagne to be uncorked in other parts of the world when other wellheads have exploded in a pressurized stream of "black gold" also known as a "gusher". Unfortunately, if this "gusher" is not contained soon, it could turn the Florida everglades into the La Brea Tar Pits.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. christian

    May 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |

    American Idiot is aptly named...

    May 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. christian

    they are lying. it has already erupted from a coupling 300 feet under the seafloor. i watched it happen on Sunday, and watching them move the camera out of the way. video is all over and youtube with over 5000 views

    May 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scott

    just reading sum of these remarks: 'we deserve to see every bit of the footage..' well these days there is no footage. bites bits and pixels are the norm now.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. christian

    May 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. aaprime

    The only logical argument for turning off the cameras is damage control and legal liability in the event that the "top kill" procedure makes the leak worse. Legislators are asking the Justice Department to open criminal proceedings in the BP oil spill. It seems very, very unwise to place more pressure on a very stressed out and frustrated BP team that has had the worst month of their professional lives. I imagine stopping the leak is more important to everyone at the moment, so please let these people do their work. Arm-chair quarterbacking their every move in real time is really not a "right", it is privilege of a free society.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ruffnutt

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ \ \ \

    {oilwell} = kablewey

    May 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wally

    I love how I can read this entire comment list and have only a handful of people who somewhat understand the situation BP is facing. This isn't like changing out the alternator in your car. We are dealing a very complex situation that no one in this comment list has ANY experience with! Is the situation bad? Yes. Is BP going to fix it? Yes. They don't need a monday morning quarterback telling them they should have done this instead of that!

    Oh and for the people who commented, "how would we know if BP fixed it or not?".... there is too much press, social media, and technology for that to go unnoticed morons!!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ruffnutt

    @wally acutally it is easier than changing and alternator...all we have to do is get a water proof crate with a few thousand tampons in it with a bomb to blow the crate up after its in the tube. that oil is no match for those tampons.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. aaprime

    @wally Is BP going to fix it? Yes....the only question now is when. The longer it takes, the longer BP executives will spend in prison. These people were warned repeatedly about such a disaster and largely ignored those warnings. The Deep South does not take kindly to the ignorant and reckless.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ruffnutt

    ya but the people that worked on the oilwell were from the deep south..

    May 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ex_oilfield_roughneck

    Even if they continue with the live video nobody will be able to see the top kill procedure. The video camera is displaying the leak coming out of the riser which is some distance away from the blowout preventor. The kill work is being done on the blowout preventor which is not in the scene. Also, the umbilical line for the remote operated vehicle (it connects the submarine to the surface ship for remote control) which is broadcasting the video and also the support ship itself may be in the way of the work. Remember that umbilical has to be over a mile long and is constantly shifting due to currents. There will be several other service companines moving ships on location to perform the pumping of the kill fluid. You can only have so many ROVs and support ships in a certain area. I am really surprised that BP is even displaying live video of the leak. I guess they think it will build goodwill but it just makes me madder and madder to look at it. What a nightmare for us here in Louisiana. I know some of the oilfield service people that are going to be pumping the kill fluid. One of them is my nephew who is on location right now. I just got off the phone with his wife (6:00 pm CST) and he told her one of the pumping boats is running some pumps now, she doesn't know if it is pressure testing or actually pumping kill fluid. I wish them luck and hope they kill the well and nobody gets hurt. Thousands of us are depending upon it for our economic well being. Some of my favorite marshes and beaches are messed up and will be for a long time.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. I've got it

    BP should just tell the US government the media or anyone else that want to see it to go ahead, send your own sub with camera down and watch. He He He

    May 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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