Tonight on 360° Anderson will be reporting from Louisiana's Gulf coast just hours before BP makes yet another attempt to stop the oil leak. BP says the earliest the "top kill" maneuver will begin is at dawn Wednesday.
Preliminary testing is already underway. A BP official warns if they uncover any problems they may not go through with the effort to plug the leak.
"We've got a crack team of investigators that are going to pour over the diagnostics data. And based on that they'll design the 'top kill' procedure. There is a remote possibility that we could get some information that it wouldn't work. We don't believe that would be the case, but it is a remote possibility," Kent Wells, BP Senior Vice President told reporters today on a conference call.
BP also came under fire today from Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts who said the company was going to stop its live video feed of the spill during the 'top kill' attempt. BP later said it will continue the video feed after facing pressure from President Obama.
We'll have all this angles tonight and you'll hear from residents of Grand Isle, Lousiana where the shrimp industry is a way of life. But that industry is now dead.
"BP We Want Our Beach Back" is on one of many signs posted in the town.
We're also digging deeper on the impact the spill is having on wildlife. Pelicans and other birds are coated in oil. So are turtles, crabs and other animals. That's just what we can see on the surface. It's unclear at this point what the millions of gallons of oil underwater are doing to the entire ecosystem. We'll talk it over with Jack Hanna, famed director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Host of "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild."
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.
Do scientist know how this spill will affect on our atmosphere? Will the Gulf waters become warmer during this hurricane season?
Saw your interview with Jack Hanna last night. The detergent used is DAWN not DOVE to clean the oil off the birds.
Maybe Mr. Obama is waiting so long, along with BP, so they can create jobs to clean up this mess, meanwhile our taxes skyocket to pay for it.
I believe this terrible ordeal is not just the fault of BP but the US government. Large centralized governments tend to react too slowly to catastrophies. And we are no exception. Our president should have been down at the Gulf immediately when it was first known how bad this situation could get. Every resource-man power etc. should have been sent down there regardless of the cost. Syd
Government can help but not take over. We have all the technology in the world and we can stop an oil leak? Hay will obsorbe the oil and clean the water naturally I know because we had oil wells on our farm.
With all the hurricanes that came thru the Gulf and distroyed oil well platforms we never had this problem.....why now....looks like sabatage to me......by the people who don't want to drill in the gulf....one of their own.....
Didn't get to see your show tonite, Anderson. Be sure to let the people know that BP was responsible for the Valdez response, too, but that Exxon stepped in and tried to do better. Get BP off the pitchers mound. They are the culprits that should paying clean up bills and court costs. Obama just needs to go away- Jindal can handle this way better.
Also, these toxic chemicals are going up in the wind, too. Do those of us downwind need to wear doctors masks and cover the crops?
I hope BP succeeds tonight.
Best wishes from the Australian east coast.
Good to see you on the ground Anderson.
Billy Nungesser and Bobby Jindall are the ones to put in charge. They are the only ones who we can be sure wont play Politics,
Committee Meeting, or What's My Bottom Line. GIVE THESE PEOPLE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED – LET THEM CALL THE SHOTS FROM HERE ON IN. Get BP, the Coast Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA OUT OF THESE PEOPLE'S WAY and let them defend the waters they love. No one else has a right except as the people of the Gulf Coast decide.
Keep the Dpt of Interior AWAY – IT'S DONE ENOUGH ALREADY!
When a disaster occurs in the world, we send the best and the brightest to help solve the problem. When we have a disaster in our own country we wait..what are we waiting for? Where are the world's best and brightest? Why haven't they convened to come up with a solution? What if BP's efforts don't work tomorrow? Do we wait another 3 weeks? I do not care about the politics or about who is at fault. There is time to deal with all of that. Now I care about our beautiful water, our wildlife, businesses–all that is being destroyed. If our President won't lead us to a solution, who will? We are spending a lot of time investigating the inspectors. They should be investigated, but now we must find a solution to this spill. All efforts should be focused in this one area.
And we thought Bush was to slow to respond during Katrina....."Your" President Obama has failed, get off your rump and do something, other than siding with your oil pals. The lack of response is utter nonsense, someone needds to take charge other than BP. I hope Obama does his job, and not just another photo shoot. Man Up...thats what you said Bush should have done... The citizens of the area need to take charge now ...SAD 35 days have passed, and all BP wants to do is recover the oil; while residents affected will NEVER recover from this tragedy. BOO BP, BOO Obama, BOO our government. Our thoughts are always on the great people of tthe Gulf Coast(s).
Obama, congress, politicians... I don't beleive they can do anything useful to close the hole. But someone should take charge in collecting oil and protecting coastline... even if someone is in charge, it doesn't seem that way.
It's a shame that the citizens of the United States can never come together when there is a national crisis. Everyone wants to point fingers, but give no solutions. I am very concerned about the oil spill, but I find I can no longer watch any footage of it anymore. I don't think that people are really concerned about the oil spill. They seem to be more concerned about pointing fingers and getting their photo ops and that includes the media. The way the media is exploiting this story for their own benefits is pathetic and watching them try to out do each other is comical. Unfortunately, it's doing nothing to stop the oil spill. My tip to the media is just report the story don't try to become it.
I live in New Orleans. I have been down to Grand Isle and Venice a few times trying to find out how I and others from the local Humane Society can help, to no avail. I am beyond heartbroken about this. The local parish police and officials were more than happy to see us volunteers but BP won't allow it. And who knows if those filthy dispersants will get in the tap water down there on the coast? That to me is part of the worst of it. BP knowingly used a toxic dispersant it has an interest in manufacturing over others it doesn't stand to profit from that are proven safe? After ruining the Gulf of Mexico, in my opinion our country's most beautiful body of water, and taking out the Louisiana wetlands and therefore eventually my city when another hurricane comes with no barrier, after killing the shrimping/fishing/oyster business here, a third of the supply for the entire US, they pour salt in the wound by spraying a known poison b/c they make a few bucks off it???? I just cycle between a calm helpless melancholy and blind rage in this slow tragedy and tonight I'm in the rage phase. Apart from the local officials and fishermen, Anderson is again doing more than anybody it seems.
What happens when hurricane season arrives next month?? How far inland could a hurricane push this oil, and how much more damage could be done?
I think a suitable response to BP is a world wide boycott of all BP products, and the executive of BP should be put on trial for crimes against humanity, and the earth itself,
How will this affect environmental clean up policy. You would have thought our nation could learn from Exxon Valdez incident.
We lived through Katrina. This is so much worse! So many more lives and livelihoods effected. We recovered pretty quickly from the storm. This oil spill could have effects that we will never recover from. My sons no longer have a safe place to fish. So very sad.
Why does the government allow drilling in oceans anyway. Did they not learn anything about the Valdeez (sp?) incident?
BP is just a greedy company and this will be another company that will go under like the rest of the greedy ones.
They say man is destroying the earth and let me tell you, they are doing a very good job of destroying it.
Wake up people stop this now.
I live in Bay St. Louis and my youngest son has been working in these waters since he graduated from high school. He is only 20 but loves what he does and has been through all these BP sponsored classes so he can help with the clean up. Why aren't they using their most valuable resource, the local fishermen who know these waters? His crew has yet to be called. Thanks for being here.
Dauphin House is on Dauphin Island. Tonight the water in Dauphin Bay turned yellow brown. A dirty foam (like dirty dish water) has replaced the usually clean green/blue water. Most of the scheduled guests for Memorial Day Weekend have cancelled their reservations.
Waiting for this massive disaster to slowly destroy my economic life is creating extreme distress. Thank you, Anderson, for caring and reporting our plight to the world. Carol Clark
i am in Fourchon, la. i can send alot of pictures of beaches without oil.
i live here. it is bad, but Katrina was worst so far. there is alot of good things going on here. BP is paying $5000.00 a month for people that is affected by this. if the washington would step back and let the experts do what they do best, it would be better. too many chief and not enough indians. it is funny that the only two who are up on their soap box are david and billy.the rest of our officals are helping not hurting...
It seems to me that BP is only realy worried about drilling this second releaf well. everything ther doing now is just to keep the public at bay.
This whole situation is devastating and it makes me angrier every day to hear nothing is being done. I don’t understand with all the engineers and technology why there is not a better stop-gap solution until a long-term plug can be implemented. Why can’t some type of tubing or hose be used to cover the leak and siphon the oil out? I know the process is more complicated than that but please somebody do something! My prayers are with all the families affected and only hope it’s resolved sooner rather than later.
This is such a heart wrenching story to watch. BP keeps playing word games and splitting proverbally hairs while the oil is spreading around the gulf killing thousands of sea animals and now they keep their heads up their xxx's. We have suffered the equivalent of a gun shot to the chest and BP is acting as though we just recieved a slap across the face. Wake up United States government and bring the BP top dogs into court to stand accountable before the citizens of the gulf coast and nation. I am so angry that I can't see straight. What is wrong with our government? How can they allow murderers and liars to keep killing and lying in plain sight? Make them pay out billions of dollars across the next century. Why not make the punishment fit the crime?
this oil crises is getting out of hand , simply cap the well. use the fisherman to spread hay all over the spill and tkae their nets to clean it up . save our food !! Make BP pay for everything , including salaries lost , cleanup and whatever else u caan think of .
Why are they putting the hammer down on BP? Maybe they should go after the manufacturer of the blow-back valve at the bottom of the ocean since that was faulty. BP had that fail-safe and it obviously didn't work.
I am so extremely disappointed and disgusted with the lackluster sense of Obama and his administration. Such high hopes when he got in office and increasingly over the past year and almost a half nothing but words. This is a national disgrace and comtempt for the people surrounded by this catasrophe. BP and Obamas admin should be FIRED immediately. I don't think Obama understands how MISLEAD and ILL ADVISED he is being. Sad sad sad.
I am thoroughly disgusted at this environmental outrage.
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