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. Network

    Ho-hum, this is old. Who cares???

    May 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathyx228

      may be old but it's not over yet idiot

      May 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Neil

    BP, for God's sake, please, will you stop thinking of the ramifications you'll face if something goes awry during the "top kill" procedure. The reason why this should be televised is to soley better understand and learn from what has happened. If something goes wrong, we'll know what doesn't work. Once you seal off this live feed, we have no way of understanding what truly happened. What has happened has happened, but you can show that you want to make things right moving forward – and this is not a step toward that direction.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paden

      Neil,

      You bring up a valid point about so people can understand, but the problem is this: People DONT understand the engineering required to build this stuff. Everything we know about the world changes when you make things really cold at high pressures in a corrosive solution (which salt water is). Its just tough. It normally takes engineers DECADES to figure out better ways of doing things. We are asking for a solution in a month.

      With what BP has available (which isn't much) I think that their attempts at damage control are pushing the limits of human endurance (the people involved). Its admirable, but not enough.

      Letting us watch is just going to get in their way.

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

    translation- this is more of a 50/50 proposition to work and we don't want anyone watching live when it doesn't work and someone other than BP watching reports what they did was a sham.

    America, congress, Obama, we're looking at Aug. 2010 when the other wells are finally drilled.

    Born in P'cola, FL I always spoke up to the right wing Repub and all of the rednecks (they default to the right wing repub) and said "don't ever let it happen, oil leak that is" Got responses like "you damn liberal, tree hugger.... aint nothin wrong with drillin"

    Poor redneck riviera, nice up here in VA, hate it for those poor, redneck, write wing republicans down there.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. american idiot

    nice boot on BP's throat. Maybe they need a bigger boot?

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

    The government is not trained in this field remember we elect them, it looks like B.P is not trained for this also-- that’s the problem:::: there in over there head!
    B.P. should be blackballed if there are no Consequences it will happen again and the others will not learn!
    To boot common sense tells you if it is too deep to go down and work on the problem, you should not be there!

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

    Probably cutting the feed because they know it probably wont work and they don't want everyone to see them fail.
    Boycott BP!!

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

    If this is going to be something that helps speed along the solution, by all means, go for it! Anything to stop this...madness~

    May 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. american idiot

    maybe they want to kill the live feed so they can send their rovers down, eat a sandwich and report back that top kill failed.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Quetzacohtl

    I imagine if something goes horribly wrong they don't want everyone to see it happen. I sure hope this works. I am not in favor of off shore drilling; we need to clean up our oceans – it's getting bad out there (not just from this one spill).

    May 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. D

    Isn't it obvious? They're hiding a potential PR nightmare. This is a risky operation that they're trying to do. If it fails, it could go south real fast. The "guts" of the BOP have endured a round the clock sandblasting for the past 36 days or so. The integrity of the structure has been compromised and introducing new elements and fluctuations in pressure could ultimately prove devastating. Either way, the feed of the riser spilling oil will probably cease come Thursday when they switch the back cams on. Either they plugged it or the entire content of the spill will now come from the fractured BOP. Firing down Chutney and Kidney Pies is Plan E.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Miscellaneous

    There probably just scared it isn't going to work, so they don't want the whole world watching because they might screw up. So why in the first place would they put on a camera if there not going to show whats going to happen! Yeah sure people will find out what happened after but it would be more better to let us watch, and yeah they need room to get there equipment and what ever but honestly it's obvious they don't want us to watch ... because if they did why couldn't a camera be attached to there helmet or just anywhere it doesn't have to be the biggest camera but come on ....

    May 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Roast

      Helmet? Do you think a person is going down there? hahahahahaha A human would implode to the size of a gallon of milk at that depth!

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

      I have a helmet with a camera on it if you would like to borrow it....

      May 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      A helmet with a camera? Where do you think this is taking place?? Try reading about this. It's a mile below the ocean surface. No human would withstand the pressure. Geez.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. You dumb doorknobs

    Procedure is patented and BP is paying to use it. Why should they share it? Do you own it? Didn't you vote for the government (Obama is the boss now) whose very own Federal Inspectors ok'd/approved BP's drilling operations??? If you don't like it, crack down on your absent government–note that Obama has suckered you into believing he bears no responsibility for any aspect of this.....what a dummy. And Salazar would "fire" BP and takeover-with what?

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

      dumb doorknob defending BP, Go Rand Paul!

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

    The government is not trained in this field remember we elect them, it looks like B.P is not trained for this also-- that’s the problem:::: there in over there head!
    B.P. should be blackballed from working in the waters ,if there are no Consequences it will happen again and the others will not learn!
    To boot common sense tells you if it is too deep to go down and work on the problem, you should not be there!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob Loblaw

    Christina is a moron that doesn't know when to quit. If you truly believe we don't have a right to see how much oil is gushing out and approaching US SOIL, then you are a complete idiot. Seriously, you really are stupid. Please look into it. I know you have to ride out this "rights" argument because you started it, but just quit now and everyone will just think you are mildly retarded. Toodles.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathyx228

      fully agree

      This may be BP’s footage, but it’s America’s ocean.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    Neil,
    My gosh! You should be there, I mean right there to offer your immediate insight and I mean , I mean wake up. These are the smartest people possible to do this. In a blackout. You probably think the moon landing was done in Hollywood

    May 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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