BP: "The solution will not be televised" / UPDATED

Update: BP's official Twitter account just posted word that yes, the spew-surveillance internet video feed will continue during Wednesday's attempt to stop the flow. Not this account, maintained by pranksters, but the legit one. Though it's not like the presence of a live video feed in and of itself will make things any better, stop the destruction, or clean up what's already devastated. And for the record, I don't agree with Markey's outrage over a web video "blackout." After all, if the attempted fix doesn't work, I wish these bastards all the luck in the world trying to hide that...


(YouTube link). BP today announced that it plans to disable the happy-fun live internet video feed of oil spewing at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico while BP engineers try to stop up the well using a procedure they call "top kill." Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the House subcommittee on energy and the environment, was not amused:
"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."
And in related news, Federal government inspectors overseeing oil drilling in the Gulf "accepted meals and tickets to sporting events from companies they monitored," reported the Interior Department's inspector general.

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  1. I am under the impression that they’re doing the video feed by parking ROVs next to the leak points and leaving the video on.

    Have those clamoring to keep the realtime video up and running considered that maybe those ROVs are needed to accomplish the operations involved in shutting down the leak with the Top Kill, and that keeping the realtime video feed going during the operation might interfere?

  2. I’m just waiting for the oil to circulate into the Gulf Stream, pass Iceland as Katla detonates, igniting the spill into a vast wall of Greek Fire that destroys every single rig in the North Sea, and quite a bit of UK shoreline.

    Then we pin it all on David Cameron.

    It happened on the Tories’ watch.

  3. I love it…

    “I am under the impression that they’re doing the video feed by parking ROVs next to the leak points and leaving the video on.”

    I agree…

    I counter:

    “My impression is that they will use top_kill at the blow-off “preventer” not at the broken pipe which is at the sea-floor quite a distance away, and which is at this point, being filmed.”

  4. The smoke monster did make it out of the island after all and it will destroy the world…

  5. It’s a great great shame that one of the worst environmental disasters in recorded history had to give birth to one of the most monumentally incredible puns in recorded history.

  6. In the only defense of BP I will likely utter, they aren’t going to waste the ROV’s time on televising something which will only be Monday Morning Quarterbacked live by the idiot media (CNN anchors telling you what you are seeing and “explaining” it as if they have a clue.) I don’t blame them. I’ve worked offshore and have been stunned at the totally wrong, incomplete and ignorant explanations I’ve heard from the media throughout this mess.

    If it doesn’t work it will be obvious pretty quickly, if it does, ditto. Not sure what anyone thinks they will hide.

  7. Can people in the Press please stop talking about BP “plugging the leak”?

    BP has done nothing to plug the leak, and they don’t intend to. Everything they’ve been doing, from the start, has been to SAVE THE WELL.

    They’ve dawdled for over a month, poisoning the Gulf, when they could have plugged it up within hours using explosives, big slabs of concrete, or something to pinch the pipe shut.

    Furthermore, they’ve been using a more toxic, less effective dispersant because of their financial ties to the company which makes that inferior product.

  8. >(and save BP’s well, a highly valuable asset)

    Unless I’m mistaken, federal regulations require the well be stopped with a relief well and then plugged. Neither the original Macondo well nor the relief well(s) will ever–can ever–be produced.

    So far from being a “highly valuable asset,” BP’s well is about as far underwater as you can get (in every sense of the word).

  9. Why are BP executives not being waterboarded at Guantanamo as we speak (with the evidence itself washing up on the shore of the prison)? Is our justice system only good for prosecuting teenagers who pirate episodes of South Park?

    I am not fucking kidding.

    We live in a banana republic.

    I mean… really… terrorists? Could they ever in their wildest, wettest dreams inflict the level of damage that BP has? BP is what Al Qaeda aspires to be when it grows up.

  10. While an ocean is dying, a 15 year-old Pakistani cabbie is being waterboarded in an outsourced black facility in an isolated building in Bucharest, or any of hundreds of other hidden nodes in our international prison network.

    Meanwhile, every couple of days, “our” president holds a press conference where he tells BP: “Plug that hole! I mean it!”

    That’s what America is doing today.

  11. The other thing is this argument that the federal government has no “authority” to compel BP.

    Did that stop us from invading Afghanistan, Iraq, or the CIA kidnapping terror suspects in Italy, Germany, or anywhere else we please? In the US, might has always made right.

    When has rule of law, international or domestic, *EVER* been an impediment to executive will? If Obama cannot find legal grounds to take over BP, sign an executive order. That’s what all the other presidents do.

    But Obama is bound by chains that he cannot break. Because the law has suddenly become sacred. How convenient.

  12. Why haven’t they requested the coordination of every type of cargo ship or freighter that could be loaded with rock; every cement hauling ship that is available from the US East coast and Gulf states, Mexico and Central and South America, begin heading toward the site. In the meantime they could surround the structure with an open-topped “funnel” not unlike the one they welded up before, with supports against pressure, and put it over the hole. then start pumping concrete and gravel down there into the “funnel”, then start dumping rocks and cement on top of it all? All I can think is that they don’t want to lose the drilling work they have done, but, too bad. Call in the Navy please!

  13. BP has done nothing to plug the leak, and they don’t intend to. Everything they’ve been doing, from the start, has been to SAVE THE WELL.

    They’ve dawdled for over a month, poisoning the Gulf, when they could have plugged it up within hours using explosives, big slabs of concrete, or something to pinch the pipe shut.

    BWAHAHAHAAHAHA! That’s almost as good as “WE NEVER WENT TO THE MOON” or “9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB”. Keep saying that, often and loudly. It makes for a convenient way of identifying the rubes.

    Hey, can I interest you in the miracle of Pyramid Power? It Really Works!

    1. Wow. I was going to go with a simple “You don’t sound like you know what you’re talking about” in my reply to austintx. But…yeah. It’s bad enough without confabulation, you know?

  14. Why are BP executives not being waterboarded at Guantanamo as we speak (with the evidence itself washing up on the shore of the prison)? Is our justice system only good for prosecuting teenagers who pirate episodes of South Park?

    Are you crazy? No crime has committed, right? (did I miss something?). This is an unfortunate accident, and BP and everyone else has been working full steam to stop it. Just because it hasn’t been stopped as fast as we would like doesn’t mean anyone is doing anything wrong. All this talk talk about BP deliberately dragging their feet or trying to save the well (already challenged above) starts to sound like those ‘doctors are trying to keep you sick’ conspiracies. There’s no argument, self-interested or otherwise, to delay stopping the spill.

    I for one believe that everything that can be done is being done. It kinda sucks that we’re still talking about this a month after the accident — ok an understatement — but sometimes that’s how the world works.

  15. First it’s the oil royalties payments scandal of 2008, where the Minerals Management Service received junkets, cocaine, and sexual favors from oil company employees. Now we have the gulf oil spill. How bad is it going to have to get before we do something about are government whoring itself out (literally in some cases) to big businesses? Why aren’t these MMS clowns behind bars yet? Hell, where are all the lynch mobs?

  16. They put a disclaimer on the webcam feed now:

    Throughout the extended top kill procedure – which may take up to two days to complete – very significant changes in the appearance of the flows at the seabed may be expected. These will not provide a reliable indicator of the overall progress, or success or failure, of the top kill operation as a whole. BP will report on the progress of the operation as appropriate and on its outcome when complete.

    1. Somebody needs to immediately contact BP and tell them that they need those camera-toting HOVs to help in the procedure.

  17. I suspect they don’t want to show it because the solution is soo simple that if we saw what they did to fix it we would be shocked that it took so long to do in the 1st place.

  18. If this is any indication, there will be no “kill shot”. BP is continuing to lie about the situation, because, frankly, there is *nothing* that can be done to stop the leak that exploded open the bottom of the ocean floor.

    Good luck, everyone. Possibly the worst environmental catastrophe. Ever.

    Now, if the Koreans only start a shooting war…

  19. This is only the beginning of a series of criminal revelations which will wind through the court system for decades (before ultimately resulting in complete vindication and absolutely no fine or prison time for BP… if the Exxon Valdez is any indication. And it is.).

    >> By Davis’s estimate, it took 12-15 minutes to get from the rig to the work boat, but it would take another 36-40 hours before they were to return to shore – even though there were dozens of boats in the area and Coast Guard helicopters airlifting the most severely injured to hospital.

    >> Some of the men were openly furious, while others, like Davis, were just numb. He says they were denied access to the onboard satellite phone or radio to call their families.

    >> Lawyers say the isolation was deliberate and that Transocean was trying to wear the men down so they would sign statements denying that they had been hurt or that they had witnessed the explosion that destroyed the rig.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/20/survivor-deepwater-horizon-gulf-oil-explosion

    The injured workers were held until they signed legal waivers.

    BP will try to find a Joseph Hazelwood, Jeff Skilling, or Lynndie England to pin the entire affair on. Some worker will be accused of being intoxicated or negligent and will be made the vessel of wrath for all criminal complaints. Anything to avoid focusing public attention on systemic corruption.

    The Exxon Valdez spilled 21 years ago and Exxon is still contesting that in court. They’ll be contesting it for another 21 years. And 21 more after that. It’s a successful strategy that allows criminal actions to go unpunished if you have deep pockets and can game the system.

    No BP executive will ever see the inside of a prison cell (except the one scapegoat they set up).

  20. I haven’t been around here much lately–has there been a discussion about Iran’s offer to help plug the well?

    In Tehran, Mehran Alinejad, head of special drilling operations at the National Iranian Drilling Co, said Iran had successfully dealt with huge oil leaks in the past, particularly when rigs were bombed during a war with Iraq in the 1980s.

    “Iranian technical teams have had major achievements in oil well capping compared with which the Gulf of Mexico oil rig is no feat,” he told the IRNA news agency.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_iran-offers-us-help-to-combat-oil-spill-in-gulf-of-mexico_1386862

    Obviously, the US corporate media is not eager to report on this.

    I’ve dismissed the idea that this is ‘Obama’s Katrina,’ because the initial failure was clearly a result of the Reaganite fever dream of self/no-regulation, however, what if the Gulf is being sacrificed so that the drumbeat of war against Iran can continue unabated, while BP tries to save its well, rather than the Gulf?

    Imagine the horror of Iran helping to fix this catastrophe…who would be horrified?

    1. Unless Iran has experience plugging wells located a mile under water, their offer is nothing more than propaganda for the home crowd to consume.

      An offer of assistance from Fidel Castro would be taken more seriously.

      1. One never knows. Wouldn’t hurt to hear what they had to say, instead of dismissing it out of hand, perhaps.
        As to Cuba: that nation is directly in the line of fire. Best to keep comments about Cuba sotto voce, as this thing may well involve them, before too long.
        Politics ought to take a back seat – and stay there – while the engineers are at work: in emergency situations with much at stake, there is little to be gained from criticism (even the most justified) while the emergency yet continues. Once the thing is under control: THAT will be the correct time to give with both barrels on the critiques, and their attendant political wrangles.

        IMHO, haste makes waste: and IIRC, the relief drilling will take some time yet.
        I hope that everything anybody does to help, does help.

        Ands this is no “exxon valdez”…IIRC, no one died in that accident…

      2. On second thoughts, the Persian gulf is rather shallow. Perhaps like their offer to assist.

        1. >> On second thoughts, the Persian gulf is rather shallow. Perhaps like their offer to assist.

          Or just maybe the United States is not the most advanced nation on earth and is not the Heaven sanctified repository of all that is innovative and efficient and Iran’s offer is 100% legitimate. Is it so hard to believe that Iran might know something the US does not? Why?

  21. The happy-fun live internet video feed of oil spewing at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico requires Silverlight to view. BP really are evil.

  22. My impression is that BP was hoping to not show the operation because the top kill, which will take two days, could lead to what looks like more oil coming out of Macondo.
    “Very significant changes in the appearance of the flows at the seabed may be expected. These will not provide a reliable indicator of the overall progress, or success or failure, of the top kill operation as a whole.”
    Also, BP is going to be working as hard as it can to plug this, I’m not sure the federal government would do any better.
    Can’t remember who said it, but they dismissed comparisons to Exxon Valdez, said it was more like going to the moon.
    The one thing people should be grateful for is that it’s only in 5,000 feet of water, rather than 10,000.

  23. while i imagine that all the ROVs will be too busy to assign one to dedicated camera duty while BP attempts the repair, it should be noted that all ROVs feed video to the surface when operating. granted BP would have to assign a technician to oversee the broadcast/webcast, but the only thing holding back BP is their reluctance to fail yet again while broadcasting live to the world. if they’re successful, the video will be shared with everyone.

  24. Article from Las Vegas Review Journal:
    http://www.lvrj.com/news/exxon-valdez-oil-risks-spur-warning-for-gulf-cleanup-crews-93258964.html

    More on the Subject:
    The workers who are cleaning up the oil in the Gulf need to be aware of the chemicals that will be used. I am one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

    My name is Merle Savage; a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup in 1989, which turned into 21 years of extensive health deterioration for me, and many other workers. Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches. She also informed me that Exxon’s medical records and the reports that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions.
    http://www.rikiott.com

    Dr. Riki Ott has devoted her life to taking control from corporations and giving it back to We The People. If corporations continue to control our legal system, then We The People become victims. http://www.MovetoAmend.org

    Dr. Riki Ott has written two books; Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$ and Not One Drop. Dr. Ott has investigated and studied the oil spill spraying, and quotes numerous reports in her books, on the toxic chemicals that were used during the 1989 Prince William Sound oily beach cleanup. Black Wave the Film is based on Not One Drop, with interviews of cleanup victims; my interview was featured in the section; Like a War Zone.
    http://www.blackwavethefilm.com

    Exxon developed the toxic spraying; OSHA, the Coast Guard, and the state of Alaska authorized the procedure; VECO and other Exxon contractors implemented it. Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air — the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions and central nervous system problems, along with other massive health issues. Some of the illnesses include neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood disease.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5632208859935499100

    My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses that I have. Our summer employment turned into a death sentence for many — and a life of unending medical conditions for the rest of us – Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.
    http://www.silenceinthesound.com/stories.shtml
    http://www.silenceinthesound.com/gallery.shtml

  25. Ah, what I thought. The ROVs are still transmitting, but the ROV they’re using for the uplink is now doing useful stuff checking and working on the top kill, rather than sitting there like a doof watching the leak.

  26. Stop that! this is not a natural disaster, this is a human made Disaster…

    never a Natural disaster in the history of the earth realise Petroleum from 15000 feet deep under the deep Ocean.

    earthquake, tornado etc , those are NATURAL Disaster…….

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