AP source: BP will show 'top kill' video


by Associated Press


Posted on May 25, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 25 at 4:43 PM

COVINGTON, La. - An Obama administration official says BP has agreed under pressure to show a live feed of a procedure called a "top kill" designed to choke off the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Editor's note: At approximately 3:45 p.m. PDT, BP sent out the following Twitter message: "BP will continue to provide live video feeds from the seabed throughout the planned "top kill" procedure."

Democratic Congressman Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts had said the company would shut off the video feed supplied by an underwater robot when it begins the so-called top kill maneuver it hopes to try Wednesday.

Markey said the move was "outrageous" and would block the public's access to a vital moment in the disaster.

The company plans to try to execute the tricky procedure as early as dawn Wednesday. It's the latest attempt to plug the devastating oil leak.

The "top kill" involves force-feeding heavy drilling mud and cement onto the leak.

BP started showing live feed of the leak itself after pressure from the Obama administration. But lawmakers had said they had learned that the "top kill" procedure would not be shown.

The administration official who confirmed that BP had relented spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose private discussions.

The well has gushed millions of gallons of oil into the ocean since an offshore oil rig exploded April 20.