‘Top kill’ coverage


6:57 p.m. – A media briefing on the day’s attempt begins at 7 p.m. CT. The “unifed command” live blog of it can be found here.

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BP reports (via Twitter) that it has started the “kill shot” operation, the desperate attempt to cap the oil well on the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico.

There has been some confusion over whether BP would provide video coverage of the process and, at least so far, the live video is operating. Find it here.

1:38 p.m. – The video has now disappeared. Perhaps the camera is now covered with mud and cement.

1:40 p.m. – The video has returned.

1:42 p.m. – The video feed could use a “mission control”-like narration. It’s impossible to know what we’re looking at:


1:51 p.m. On the video, right click “zoom” and then select “full screen.”

1:55p.m. — BP says (via Facebook) “It will take 12-48 hours to complete this procedure, which is why the feed is not showing anything different yet.”

1:58 p.m. – Aha! Some smart TV station has provided an embed option:

Watch live streaming video from wkrg_oil_spill at livestream.com

(All the updates are below the fold)

2:00 p.m. – BP has produced a video to explain how this will work. Find it here.

2:13 p.m. – CNN’s animation of how the ‘kill shot’ works.

2:28 p.m. Eight-camera coverage from ABC, though very hard to see what each screen is showing.

2:37 p.m. – Why the cameras are still running, and why they almost weren’t:

2:39 p.m. – An eel — I think it’s an eel — explores the oil:

2:43 p.m. – Disasters bring out the programmers at PBS:

3:40 p.m. – On the Deepwater Horizon Response Facebook page, a lot of people wasting their workday on Facebook, are upset with a relief-well worker who, they say, is wasting her workday on Facebook.

6:57 p.m. – A media briefing on the day’s attempt begins at 7 p.m. CT. The “unifed command” live blog of it can be found here.

  • bj

    Interesting – I was wonder about the last post, how ‘short cuts’ and the interviews of the workers, have been getting little coverage. Is it because the ‘story’ is about not wanting to drill for oil. And so if we can blame a single part or person for a short cut that drilling is OK it was just one greedy person?

  • Bob Collins

    That’s a great question but I’ll rephrase it: Is the reason an accident happened is because deliberately ignoring warnings was the act of one employee with a bad sense of judgment, or was the “hurry up, you’re costing us money, damn the danger” mentality part of the corporate culture?