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. Crystal

    It's amazing that BP would rather have money than a planet to live on!

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

    Let's get our own video equipment down there!!!

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

    BP should use Christina to plug the pipe...sure she would fit well.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Crique

    Let's see. They show a live feed of the well gushing and them doing nothing. But they will not show a live feed of them attempting to do something.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. smoke


    May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      oil companies do, you just starting to realize this now? Price of gas goes up....automotive sales slow down , companies lay off, recessions hits....wake up!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    Actually, I dont think there will be anything to see. The material will be running through tubes then it will fill up with concrete. Considering where the camera appears to be, maybe it is just going to be in the way?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. drewDUDE

    I agree with Christina. They have a right to stop the video feed if they (BP) are the ones providing it in the first place. They do not need a reason other than "it's my camera."

    If the video feed is that important, someone else should setup a camera down there and broadcast the feed. Legally, BP would have no recourse to disrupt said feed.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrsitina

      Thank you, drewDUDE. Apparently anyone with an opinion contrary to the popular opinion is a criminal, stupid, fat, etc. Apparently this isn't a place to debate opposing opinions. It is a place to ridicule people you don't know.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathyx228

      Markey demanded the live feed in response to scientists’ requests at a hearing of the Energy Independence and Global Warming panel. Four independent scientists testifying at the committee’s hearing, complained that BP’s refusal to release the footage was preventing independent anaylsis to estimate the size of the spill. And he took a no prisoners approach with BP, blasting the company for its lack of transparency:

      “This may be BP’s footage, but it’s America’s ocean. Now anyone will be able to see the real-time effects the BP spill is having on our ocean,” said Rep. Markey, “This footage will aid analysis by independent scientists blocked by BP from coming to see the spill.”

      May 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli


      "It's Americas ocean" is nothing but political jibberish. Markey is a typical politician trying to get his sound bites out so he can use them in the next election. If you support these policitians making unfounded, extremist comments about things they have little to no knowledge of, then why are you so angry when BP says things that aren't true? Hypocrite!

      AND Stop blasting Chrstina for having a legally sound opinion. There is nothing about this video feed that impinges on any legal rights you have. There isn't a single law on the books that says you can have whatever your little heart desires at this very moment. And no, it's not America's ocean. That piece of property has been leased to BP. No, I don't want to hear about your "right" to a clean environment. If that were true then perhaps all of us would live our lives differently.

      May 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. messy

    bp does not want us to see all the toxic drilling mud exploding into the ocean. It will not contain the oil. It is impossible.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AmericanVet1

    Over a month, and Barry's administration has done nothing! He has his priorities: He's off the California to campaign for Ms Boxer. The people from Louisiana want the Federal government to take action, but the people of Arizona wanted the Feds to take action also, and we see how much BHO cares about that.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |

    I would love to witness what could be the end of this spew. What in the heck are they afraid of?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BubbaGumb

    The USA Government wants what is best for the overall people and environment. BPs motivation is for them selves. BP might be thinking of capping the leak, with a future attempt to open the pipe line again, to get more oil, make more profits and not care at all about the environment or the people they hurt. There maybe a solution to completely stop this leak fast, but it could be ignored, because it does not fit into the BP agenda. I feel the USA Government needs to be more closely involved, more control of the situation. I do not trust BP. BP is a profit organization and serves itself. Our USA Government serves the people.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paden

    Here's something you all need to understand. As a mechanical engineer, I can tell you this with absolulte certanty: The chance of MAKING THE LEAK WORSE is much greater than fixing the leak. If BP accidentially bursts the pipe then we are screwed. There will be no stopping the leak. Everything is screwed. No top kill. No cement. Just an unrestricted flow of oil.

    Thats why it's taken a month. 5000 feet of water pressure can screw up everything. It's not like when you go and work out in your backyard. Differences in the pressure on materials, corrosion, density, viscocity, that dont exist on the surface do down there. METHANE can SOLIDIFY at that depth (well, methane hydrate as least). We burn that gas in our stoves.

    And to people who think BP didn't do enough to promote saftey: there are over 100 DIFFERENT safety mechanisms on that floating rig. and guess what, THE GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED ENGINEERS said that those safety measures were enough. If you are going to fault someone, fault the government for not being thorough enough.

    There reason they are killing the feed has little to do with BP. It has to do with the guy who holds the patent on the top kill method. BP doesn't own that patent. BP has to kill the feed because that would be considered releasing a trade secret.

    How about you people actually think about WHY its taking so long. BP has the best engineers in the WORLD working for them around the clock. The best we can do now is just try and clean stuff up faster.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathyx228

      "The chance of MAKING THE LEAK WORSE is much greater than fixing the leak."

      We are aware, which is why we want the feed to stay on

      May 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maryann Rose - Orlando FL

      Paden, thanks for pointing that out. Maybe if CNN (DUH!) had included that information in the news article, more people would understand.

      Also, thanks for scaring the crap out of us re: making the leak worse. Wow – we are in deep doo doo here.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden

      And what could you POSSIBLY DO from a computer? Are you going to swim down there with some scuba gear and throw yourself into the breach?

      May 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maryann Rose - Orlando FL

      Kathy, did you not read the reason that Paden gave? Here it is:

      "There reason they are killing the feed has little to do with BP. It has to do with the guy who holds the patent on the top kill method. BP doesn't own that patent. BP has to kill the feed because that would be considered releasing a trade secret. "

      Welcome to Capitalism!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • just beat it

      As a professional Mech Engr. I have to say your knowledge is appalling.

      First, the top kill will be done at BOP, not the end of the riser pipe. Which is why the feed will probably be killed – the ROV needs to be at the BOP not at the end of the riser some distance away (1 mile?) from the BOP. At this point the riser pipe has very little influence – now the BOP connection was damaged at the well head then perhaps a bigger problem.

      A patent is public so there is zero reason for any secrecy. About the only thing that might be trade secret is the composition of the kill mud and even if there is a feed there will be nothing to see as it will be going through pipes connected to the BOP.

      Your comment on the interaction between BP, Haliburton, Deep Water Horizon, and the US Government is specious. There are safety measures and then there are operational matters. For instance, why did a BP engineer order the drilling mud removed and be replaced with sea water? Why did the design plans call for one of the last casings not to be cemented. Further, MMS seems to have a pretty cozy relationship with the oil industry, kinda like the fox guarding the hen house, oh and why did the head of MMS quit almost immediately after the blow?

      May 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjv

      As knowing a bit more about the situation from the inside, they are doing what they can without making things worse. This has been terrible for the economy and everything but it could have happened to any company that was renting that rig. To sit here an point fingers is not the way to resolve this. Our government has been wrong to lose trust in bp because it wasn't a us company that owns this. I want this to clear up just like everyone else and the only way to do it give it time to do it right and quite frankly that isn't easy. Stop the blame game everyone and be a bit more understandable

      May 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. connor

    I am glad they are going to be focussing on what they are doing, and getting it right, rather than being politically correct, and putting on a show for the media. I am not a BP fan, but let them do their jobs for gosh sakes.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Interesting

    Hey it is all natural oil right. So it should be good for the planet.
    I think they will move the camera to another site and build a replica of this leak and show us all that no oil is coming out of it..

    May 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chuck Roast

    Why are the United States' 75 commissioned submarines suddenly too busy to show up in the area? We could have our own monitoring of the situation if BP doesnt want to cooperate. Manned US submarines have a crush depth of about 5000 feet but is someone going to tell me the US military has no unmanned submersibles that can easily go down to over a mile? They probably have hundreds!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • otbricki

      Very few subs are equipped with tool packages to do construction work underwater. These are not so surprisingly owned by the oil industry.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Roast

      I said to monitor, not work on anything.

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