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. aWiGuy

    Everyone needs to keep in mind–workers trying to solve this problem are human beings. The engineers hired to fix this disaster may not have caused it. Why add extra pressure to the humans trying to solve the problem. Show the result when they get done. Either it will work or not work. Seeing it real time isn't necessary. And you (proponents) sitting there watching second by second isn't going to help the cause either, nor will it help "you" hold "them" accountable.

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

      This is the best argument as to why the camera should be in the decision of BP. These people are going to be under enormous pressure as it is. And flip it around. Do you believe all Americans have a right to watch you live doing your job?

      Seriously! Do you believe that American companies should be forced to put YOU or your friends or family on live video feed for all Americans to watch?

      May 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Will

    Why does it matter it has not effect on the outcome, the "topkill" is either going to work or not work, does it hurt anyone by not being able to see it. Its not a government camera so there is not freedom of information act for it, it's a private company they can do what they want. And if you think the government would do a better job at containing this you need to look how well they usually do their job.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Troy Gomez

    Jason, your sick of hearing about people slamming BP???? Do your research before defending a company like BP. They initially took over the cleanup for Valdez and failed miserably!! Like I said, do your research. History repeats itself.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Liberal4Obama

    This is proof BP already knows this latest stunt is just that a stunt.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Byrd

    This is OUR planet and OUR Gulf, not yours. We demand that every single minute of this attempt be broadcast live. And not just the lesser of the three gushers, as you've been primarily doing to date. BP, your disingenuousness is most telling.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathyx228

      "We demand that every single minute of this attempt be broadcast live"

      Me too 🙂

      May 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chrsitina

    LeeH1 – I don't think that's fair. BP should ante up and pay for this problem. Yes, accidents are a part of life, but that is why we have insurance. You get smashed in a car accident that isn't your fault. Who's going to pay? The other driver. This "accident" is the same thing. Someone has to pay for the damages. The person/business at fault has to pay.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Did it occur to anyone that the "top kill" procedure might also damage or destroy the underwater camera, or that the camera would be in the way of the equipment doing the procedure. There probably is no way to film this live.

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

      there's always a WAY!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. watabumma

    Where is the outrage that was Katrina? Rafting down the river still? Oh, maybe in CA playing politics. Anywhere but where the problem is. I was angry at Katrina response and angrier that 11 people died and more livelihoods may be permanently destroyed with the environment forever altered while the administration fiddles about continuing the blame game.

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

      The outrage with Katrina was America tax payers paid in tens of billions for emergency services, ambulances, police, national guard, fema, etc. The US government is not involved with deep sea oil drilling. You are asking for the government to come 'save you' but you never gave America the resources!!

      Now if you wish to nationallize the oil industry... shut down Haliburton, Trancocean, Exxon Mobil, BP, etc and put all the oil production under the control of the US government....THEN when there is a problem you can come crying for the government to fix the problem.

      As I said in another post... Asking the US government for help in this problem would be like if the Pitsburg Steelers were losing games to tell them to get lost and ask US soliders to step into their positions to 'fix' the team.

      America is only great at one thing.... making war. That is where we have prioritized our resources. Our national emergency response teams are a joke and even so Bush did botch that given the very fact that huricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters are the domain of US government search, rescue, etc.

      And while we are on the subject let's not forget which party is responsible 'drill baby drill' for wish a weak/smaller American government instead of a bigger/stronger American government.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Demo

    BP tells the federal government what to do and there is nothing they can do about it. This is proof positive that this country is run by an Oligarchy.
    We need to drag these executives out of their beds and clog the leaks with their bloated corpses.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catty123

      You are right

      May 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Max

    Maybe the fix is real easy , Then people will start asking why this was not done 30 days ago?
    My guess is greed they don't want to losse that well.

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

      OMG...exactly, Max. BP will pu$$yfoot around until the relief wells are drilled so they don't lose their precious oil. I will never buy from BP stations again.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. taxes?

    So, how about BP's tax rate goes up 10% every hour the feed is off? That should make it more "cost effective" to leave the live feed on, rather than face the "liability" associated with not doing the job right... again.

    I also agree with those who have said for the last month that the spill would be capped, filled and stopped if BP had been more focused on stopping the leak than being able to recover the leaking oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anywho247

    I don't understand... If BP is currently allowing the live feed, why would they need to turn it off during this attempt. Is it so the American people can not see the half@ss attempt they are going to make to stop it? They don't want criticism regarding their efforts? Or in case they make a even bigger mess of the whoile situation, they want to be able to continue lying to us.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sarah palin is a twit

    They should send Piyush the Punjab Jindal down there with a pipe wrench. That freakin' little clown...

    May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FEDUPP

    Its time for the Feds to take this thing over. As a very left of center Democrat I can only say that I am completely dismayed at the lack of leadership shown by our president. This is a national disaster, not a corporate one. It is a threat to national security, the economy, and environment. This spill is tantamount to an attack on the nation from the Gulf of Mexico. While BP has a role in ending this catastrophe, they should no longer be calling the shots, any of the shots. The administration can take this and other pathetic operational failures as a justification of no longer allowing BP (that's "B" is for British, no Beyond, btw) to operate on federal properties in this US. We can nationalize their holdings throughout the country if we don't get the response from them that we demand. And the one thing we don't want is a blackout of the true status of what's happening down there. We've already had enough of that. Obama, get your a$$ down there and get involved.

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

      So, the government will do better job because of their staff of experts on things like this, I'd say that BP, has better engineers than the our government could sling at this problem right now.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Troy

    I blame this on everyone that is dependent on fossil fuels. If the demand was not there, then BP would not have drilled there to begin with. Just a slap back in our faces haha. I am personally enjoying the chaos. Watching everyone scramble like ants. Like you never knew something like this was coming?

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