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. Robert

    The feed is nothing more than a political play by Markey.

    I can only hope he is terminated in the next election.

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

    Markey is an idiot. The last thing the BP engineers need to be doing is worrying about supplying a feed so some congressman can use it to grandstand and get his name in the news. Job one is concentrating on getting that shot of Kaopectate into the well bore to choke off the oil flow and that's what they need to be 100% on tomorrow. What a total hoser that jerk Markey is to be putting his personal agenda ahead of the job of getting the oil cut off.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enthalpy

      I agree with you (except calling someone an idiot) and further it's not BP that's doing the well kill work. BP does not own or operate that technology and the company that does is probably the one saying "no TV feed"

      May 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. frank


    May 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
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      May 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger24

    @Christina.. you say "still no one can state what "right" there is for everyone to see this live feed. Is there a law? Statute? Government order?"..

    I think the real question is, can I send my own camera down there and brodcast the footage live.

    Another interesting question would be, if I did send cameras down there, who would order/force me to remove my cameras..

    I assume you hardly did any research on the matter simply saying the first thing that pops in you head.. That is sad and I personally feel there is no need to inform people like you.. I will suggest though, you read up on Territorial waters and EEZ.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike

    Enough already. It happened and yet not one Politician or environmental wack job said anything about the Dads that died on this rig. The gulf will survive and we will fins another accident to monitor.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Crystal

    Hey Connor start drinking a bunch of natural oil and tell us how u feel.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dg

      crystal, since you're enjoying your computer...know how much plastic is takes for all these toys alone? You DO realize that they're made from (GASP!) PETROLEUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jeff

    Oh the conspiracy theorists are having a field day with this one are they not??? Wow let me guess next thing I will read is that George W. Bush is somehow responsible or even better " had previous knowledge of the disaster". Come on people BP just wants some of the pressure off while they get this under control, nothing more. I'm sure the event will still be taped and HOPEFULLY if this is successful, it will be broad casted at that time. BP has not been hiding anything and has started to reimburse fishermen for loss of wages. Let's not forget this was a very unfortunate accident, and hopefully all companies can learn from the mistakes made here so that we never see an event like this unfold again. I find it ironic that the people that are complaining about not having the video feed are the same people that do not want to be videotaped themselves. Don't worry if it is successful the footage will be released. Let's get it fixed and worry about the "how" later.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • OceanGirl57

      Actually, it was George Bush & Dick Cheney who pretty much dismantled the EPA and refused to enforce laws already in effect that allowed BP to take the shortcuts they did. They knew the safety features were not working and did nothing about it. However, it is now everyone's responsibility to get this leak stopped and attempt to clean up as much as possible to save some of the wild life in the Gulf. There are whole populations of dolphins and sperm whales that are now severely endangered. Lets all just get together and get it done!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Enthalpy

    Do any of you understand that it's not BP's equipment or technology that will perform this function? It's a specialized and hired service and they may not be willing to do it on camera – which is their right. It's their intelectual property and those who say to ba, this is too important. Well plugging the leak is but you watching it is not.

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

      Exactly right. Its sort of astonishing that people don't understand how complex this whole thing is. We are talking about walking librarys of knowledge that aren't quite sure how to fix this. The brightest engineers the world has to offer.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • just beat it

      Then why is BP disseminating information on the process??

      Sorry, it has nothing to do IP (patents or trade secrets). IMHO, It has to do with needing ROVs at BOP to hook up equipment and monitoring it while the procedure is in place. Not a mile away watching what is coming out the end of of some pipe. The world already knows what is coming out.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden

      Personally, i think it is more of from a risk management pov. Yest they are telling you how to do it. But it's generic. It doesn't say anything specific about how the procedure will work. What size this. What flowrate of that. You can guestimate those from pictures.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cheryl Steinmann

    Obviously I just woke up.......I was COMPLETELY unaware British Petroleum OWNED the PLANET!!! The action, or lack thereof, the responsible (tongue in cheek) parties made from the very atom of an idea on the entire Deepwater Horizon Plan (& all others like it) is a cruel obscenity against nature. To obscure the facts for SO long in & of itself PROVES they can not be trusted to attempt ANYthing without COMPLETE SUPERVISION. If they disallow the general public from viewing the feed, they must agree to keep a feed to all government agencies possible. To do anything less should be called terrorism. They are armed, dangerous and loose on the ocean floor. They earned complete scrutiny.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NorCalMojo

    Until Obama takes ownership, we have to rely on BP. They're a private company. This has been going on for more than a month and the feds are still in the peanut gallery. We can't avoid that forever.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bill dh

    Has anyone here watched the clips at the BP website...The recent tech. update one was very informative

    there are obvious reasons of which some stated in this thread for them to cut the live feed during the top kill,after all they have multiple cameras working down there 24/7 and have only been showing one shot of the shrinking siphon tube leak.....The best people are on the job here and even though it can't happen fast enough for the public and the gulf, they have multiple pathways to success in plugging this wild well and have been working to that end without expanding the leak so far

    May 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • InTheLoop

      Here I would like to point out that they have not slowed it any either. They have only managed to recover a bit more than at first.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden

      InTheLoop, its really hard to beat nature. There is just so many variables to consider. And yea, they only siphoned a little of it off...but thats better than none at all.

      The biggest problem with working at large depths is that is takes a while to figure out what is going on, more time to figure out how to fix it, even more time to implement it, and even more time to think about a backup plan to whatever you just did.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    Cheryl, take a pill. These people will take care of it. My God, do you really think our government can close a garbage bag, less one of these?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. noah

    ummmmmmm- this really doesn't matter- the top kill takes place at the blowout preventer on top of the well and the camera is showing the end of the riser which is almost a mile away- the camera wouldn't show the top kill whether it was on or not-
    BP likely doesn't want it on because the pressure will force them to pull the riser insertion tube and you likely will see oil and drilling mud coming out of the riser and it won't be pretty- but how it looks at the riser will not shed much light about what is going on at the BOP

    May 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill dh

      they will have cameras from the rov pointed right at the BOP and the broken riser during the procedure...hoping less mud is coming out there, than is getting forced down the well

      May 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ian

    Damn, there goes my "Plugging the Leak" party.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ted Turner

    How 'bout we use Christina to block up the leak?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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