Oil FAIL: BP to shut down live cam during "top kill" attempt
[Welcome, Naked Capitalism readers, and check the updates below. --lambert]
Kidding, but when you've got video that isn't time-stamped and isn't archived, you kinda have to wonder...
Move along, people, move along. There's no story here.
NOTE You mean the same guys doing the animations aren't give BP a break on the loop work? Kidding again, but when you've got a smart, rich company executing a flawless public relations FAIL, you've got to wonder what's more important to them than a functioning PR effort ...
UPDATE And now we hear that the top kill may be delayed, no doubt to buy more time, as day by day the relief well solution assumes more prominence as the only workable "solution."
UPDATE BP backtracks:
The company had planned to turn off its live video feed of the leak during the procedure, but at the request of President Obama and the National Incident Center has decided to keep it on
UPDATE Apparently, going ahead with the "top kill" is CEO Tony Hayward's call, and should be made this morning -- like, about now -- based on "tests" (that is, the impact on BP's bottom line). And yes, the cam will be on (though no doubt still with no time codes and no archival footage available, making the video nearly useless for analytical purposes. Odd, that). [UPDATE The AP story at that link has now changed, and there's no mention of the cam. Here's the original version of the AP story, at NOLA [7:07AM] . This Pravda story at 10:45AM seems to be another take on the same story from AP; it too says the cam will be on. Online WSJ [10:12AM] says the cam will be off today, but their latest link is to the Markey quote I linked to yesterday. ] The authoritative coverage is, as usual, from the Oil Drum: "Waiting for Top Kill" [9:30AM]:
And, after some debate today, BP has announced that they will continue the live feed from the seabed during the time that the top kill is initiated.
"After some debate..." I thought only the Brits had that dry humor thing going...
UPDATE A Louisiana perspective from a radio host. Guy's right that the main Dead Zone in the Gulf is not from oil but nitrates from Big Ag. Has NOLA been totally fucked over by the Powers That Be? Absolutely no question. Unfortunately, that's not a regional problem, though the host experiences it that way (as do most of us, locally). To me, it's yet another legitimacy problem ("Your government will do whatever it takes..."). What do you mean, "my" government? It couldn't be more clear that the government isn't mine at all, not one single shred or bit or mote or atom of it.
UPDATE The Oil Drum links to this story (Reuters, 11:03AM), where the cam will be on, but BP cautions that it may not be "reliable indicator." Well, we're all a bit short on reliable indicators, these days, aren't we?
[UPDATE The top kill may have started [12:13PM EST]; Salazar just left a hearing to go watch. --lambert]
[UPDATE USCG officials have approved the top kill, but nobody knows when it is to begin. (This AP story is all messed up. Here's the headline: "Coast Guard OKs 'top kill' plan to stop oil geyser." But there's nothing about the CG until paragraph five. The rest of the story, including the lead, is all about BP malfeasance. Can't anybody here play this game?)