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. Zorro

    This give and take about who gets a live feed in whose office or bathroom as opposed to a 24/7 feed at the bottom of the ocean is all very good and interesting, but I thought The Truman Show (with Jim Carrey) was a better concept.

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

    In order to perform the top kill my guess is their going to have to remove the syphon hose from the riser. Otherwise BP will be syphoning the material used for the top kill away from the BOP. From a OMG standpoint people would freak seeing the little progress (syphon hose) made being undone on a live webfeed. Just a hunch

    May 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill dh

      with the new repaired control pod back on BOP they will be trying to direct the massive flow of mud down the well, but I am sure some will be coming out the riser along with lots of oil and gas at first

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

    Let the "free market" handle it. The private sector always does everything better. Unless this is another example of where free market means privatizing the profits and nationalizing the losses.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    Whos's ocean????????????????? What is a gulf?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathyx228

      Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA)

      “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 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Watching a video will not solve the problem. First, stop the leak. Second, assess liability. Third, review off shore drilling. Fourth, vote out all of Congress in 2010. Fifth, vote out Obama in 2012.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Loblaw

      That simple, huh?. Do you know that anyone can run for office You have so much insight that you should be in office. Please share more!! I love the first suggestion. "Stop the leak". Great suggestion!!! That probably would be a good starting point.

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

      yeah, turn off the cameras and leave BP alone, go Rand Paul!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    I drove past a BP station yesterday and decided to go somewhere else because of this mess. No I don't believe that we have the "right" to a live video feed down there, but an honest and upfront company would certainly provide one to proove that they were doing everything they could. Turning off the feed that is already setup is an overt act of dishonesty. Boycott BP. Punish them economically. Destroy the company by refusing to give them your money. Then the remaining oil companies will realize how seriously we do take this, and make it too risky for them not to have good safety and disaster backups in place. No one will want to be the next "BP" to go bankrupt for screwing up.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quetzacohtl

      Then our tax dollars can pay for all of this, right? I'm not saying don't boycott BP – they suck. Who's wallet is this going to come out of though?

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

      If I "screw up" and cost someone else property or harm I can be held accountable. Even in bankrupsy my assets could be siezed to pay damages on an accident. I say boycott, then sue. Really clean them out and make an example. And if they don't stop screwing around trying to save the oil instead of stopping this disaster, then start filing criminal negligence charges and arresting executives as well.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. edub

    Is it any wonder? The "live" feed we have been seeing is on a loop anyway. Keep a close eye on the time stamp....

    BP ,our government and the MSM really need to pull their heads out of each others rear ends and fix this mess!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jamie, Louisville

    If you have not done so already, dont go to a BP station. May sound silly, but if the whole country stopped going to BP, that would show the displeasure. There are 5 million gas stations that dont get their OIL from BP. Do some local research and abide by it.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark...Quincy,MA

    What if eveyone just prays this strategy works. Pray for the workers who were killed. Pray for the families of those killed. Pray for the people around the Gulf. And if that doesn't work......start kicking a$$e$ and taking names!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • edub

      Praying will not do a thing, this is MANS mess not the creators. Unfortunately for us man is wasting all prayers on their favorite American Idol.....

      So I guess that just leaves kicking some @s3ses as you put it.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Adriana Birmingham, Al

    PRobably won't work. They have been spending too much time trying to come up with a way to stop the gusher while keeping the oil at the same time.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill dh

      the first thing they tried was a manual shut-off at the BOP with the first ROV down ....the only collect oil to contain it, till they can cap the well....the liabilities and clean-up cost are hundreds of times the revenues from any oil collected by the clean-up....grow a brain!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Riaz

    This is becoming a joke... Today is 36th day.. The only option available now is to "kill the well" .. It is a shame that BP is using US as a Guinea Pig, in testing all these things that were never tested or guaranteed to work; I cant believe that the Federal Govt is letting them DO this here; They are assuming that the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) will be able to guide the manifold into the BOP (Blow Out Preventer); if they latch on to the manifold, this is the best way to make it work. Drilling muds at this depth will have enough hydrostatic pressure to overcome the pressure downhole. When the hydrostatic pressure of the drilling mud is higher than the pressure of the reservoir downhole, the reservoir will be put to rest from flowing to the surface. This procedure is called killing a well. In this case, since they plan to pump the drilling mud through the manifold, they are naming it as top kill... its just a fancy naming convention, thats all. Its not possible to dump enough solid mud in such a short span of time to over come the pressure at the wellhead. If this drilling mud succeeds, it will atleast bring down the pressure at the sea bed, and give more options for BP to work on to kill the reservoir flow. Success rates is not certain, no one has tried such stuff before. They are just wasting time and money and of course, testing our patience !!! From where did they get this magic number 50000 barrels of drilling mud? we need to make calls to "KILL THE WELL" !!! simple.... but who cares, look today in 200 pts down market, BP stock is up 24 cents !!! I am really surprised ... !!!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill dh

      its hhow they kill wells at shallower depths and on land....but with obvious retrofits and much prep time...gathering multiple mud pumping ships and preparing the hook up points on the BOP with a ROV ....they had to saw off the bent over kill and choke pipes and ready them for hook-up to the mud pipes

      May 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    Fill the leak with Red Sox fans

    May 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    Who cares. The only takeaway from this story is that Markey is an idiot to make this a story in the first place.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bob

    All of us will be paying for this one. I suggest you turn off your TV and PC and burry your head in the sand. BP is paying for the ROV's, they screwed up, this is not in a private office, we have EVERY right to see this feed. I'm in Maine and if they can't stop this leak it WILL be heading this way. Again, Christine, you are an idiot.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mwhd

    Given that BP has been lying from day one (1000 barrel/day spill rate) why has nobody in the government thought to dispatch a Coast Guard or Navy submersible for a closer look?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill dh

      Do you think they multiple live feeds they are all looking at in the command center are made in hollywood???...all apropiate gov't agencies are in the command center

      May 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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