posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 03:48 AM
So tonight after getting back from a walk, a friend sent me an instant message saying "Hey BP finally put on the 'top hat' and stopped the leak".
I replied "really, wow! It's about time". He said "Yeah check the live view on CNN the water is clear now".
So I go to the CNN "Live View" link, and sure enough it shows the view from an ROV with mostly clear water in front of it, but oddly it doesn't
seem to be pointing towards any of the hardware:
So I go back to the CNN main page, and verify that it says that the "top hat" has been installed and how BP "waits to see if it works".
So I go to the BP site itself, and they have multiple live ROV cams. The first one is the same one that CNN is showing:
But what about all the other views, well let's just say its not as pretty a sight. In fact, ALL of the other views show the oil gushing worse than
So out of ALL the views of the leak, CNN shows the one with the least oil, along with the hopeful message that the "top hat" is in place and that BP
is "waiting" for it to work.
Why would you have to "wait" for the tophat to work? I would assume it would take some time for the oil to travel up the pipe to the surface, but it
should begin doing that immediately, especially if they are applying any sort of negative pressure to help it.
Anyhow, my main point is, that out of 5 live cams, CNN is just showing the one that shows no oil at all. Sad. Yes I realize that ROVs move around and
one particular one may not always have the best view. But guess what. Everyone at CNN doesn't go to sleep during the night and can only update the
video link once per day. They should be monitoring all of the live feeds themselves, and link to the one that shows the best view/angle. Afterall,
isn't that the whole purpose of linking to the view in the first place, so that people can see the status of the oil leak, not some nice clean ocean