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May 25th, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Will the 'Top Kill' Work? Join the Live Chat

BP engineers are preparing to start their next attempt to stop the oil spill in the Gulf.  Anderson is along the Gulf coast tonight in Louisiana with all the developments. We'll also have the tonight's other headlines.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. teresa, kent, oh

    no offense, but here we all are ragging on BP, how many of us use oil from BP? or oil from anywhere? this could happen at any time. this is just a wake up call.

    yes, its a disaster all around. we have years to sort out the blame.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Nungesser and the Mayor are right! BP and the Obama administration need to get out of the way and let them do what they have to do.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. jody

    with all the recent fighting on moutain top removal and the so called damage done to the enviroment and now look at the oil spill in the gulf. which is more eviromentally friendly. covering a few streams or destroying a whole ocean for oil when coal can be transformed into the samething.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  4. james

    our president needs to step up and take action

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. I so hope this is genuine and not theater. I'm getting suspicious of the crucifying too, CJ....I don't trust that anymore than I trust CEOs.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Diane Berube Canada

    If you wouldn't drink it, I'd say that it's toxic.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    BP probably is making money as we speak from the same well which is causing so much pollution. Agreed they are making "pennies on the dollar" from this well, but its still making money!

    Why does every one blame a single entity – "The President" – There are bodies and bodies of organizations out there and if all did half the job they could, this would have not happened. President did not cause this and White House isnt fully responsible.

    Its organizations like MMS, EPA, and others that are at fault and like i said earlier should be listed as accessories to crime when lawsuits are filed against BP

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,

    Great to see you on the Blog tonight! :)
    This is such a sad thing to see, yet it's great that AC is there...
    I can't believe that it's been well over 30 days, and still nothing!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole – Hi, great to see you back. Unfortunately, you were right, the nightmare has arrived.

    Billy and the other gentleman are right to feel the rage they feel. It seems to me that SOMething could have been done before 3 days, knowing the oil leak was as large as it was.

    After the 1st couple of weeks, it became apparent that we could not trust anything that BP said!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Denice

    Is it possible that when hurrican season comes to the Gulf and that oil is picked up by the wind...How much worst can it get?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  11. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    Great to see Anderson down in the Louisiana, Hi Anderson Cooper.

    Day 36 and counting, I hate to be pessimistice. But BP has better equipped with plan B and plan C. Top Kill has only 60-70% succeed rate. BP's top priority is to stop the leaking which should have happened weeks ago, then followed by with the coast/shore oil clean-ups.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  12. NMercado, Ph.D.

    Good evening all... This is one of the worst nightmares I have ever experienced. I'm glad that these officials are talking like American citizens and not like politicians... This is absolutely killing everything in sight and the dispersant BP keeps using is apparently devastating... How is it possible that BP is telling the US government what to do? I don't think this would be happening in Europe...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    They said that this is the worst environmental disaster ever. Words can't even express what's happening anymore.
    I'm thankful for the great work that CNN ,Anderson Cooper and Team are doing to try to keep us informed. There is so much dishonesty in what is going on and your all working so hard to get the truth....Thank You

    May 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  14. james

    good evening i think people should stay away from bp gas buy someone elses gas they dont care all they want to do is pace the buck thanks

    May 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Emily

    Billy is a wonderful guest that you've had on re. this. I really enjoy what he's been saying.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  16. CJ

    Too much fingerpointing going on between the gov't and BP. Get the gov't out of this, they are incompetent at everything. Let BP solve the problem on their own. I'm tired of hearing BP being crucified on your show.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Brandon Boyd, Henderson NC

    What are we as citixens of the United States going to do to hold BP accountable for this mess....???????

    May 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  18. David Perry

    Dealing with the pressure at that depth, and the pressure of the oil flowing from the well, we need to get a quick fix to be able to get in there with a long-term application, much like Boots and Coots. I believe that using that foam that the automobile industry uses in the frames of their cars, which is placed in the frame of the car then activated with heat, expanding, would the extreme cold and pressure at that depth solidify the foam quick enough to cap that well........P.S. Is BP hiring any C.E.O.s?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Starr,
    Good point there, You are right about that, It is their accountable what BP did something wrong to do.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you reporting from the Louisiana coast. The oil spill is such an awful disaster, though–and a long-term one.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  21. cyndie california

    God help them! this is devistating I cant stand to watch the animals and the marshes!! SOMEBODY HELP!!!! Shame on BP

    May 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Also, I would like to see some organization come out and plan for all the remaining live wells and make them safe.

    I understand the crisis on the hand but there should be a way to reinforce all the other wells around the country and make them fail safe....

    May 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Eugenia - San Francisco

    i know in my heart that the people of louisiana are happy that you are there.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Diane Berube Canada
    "I sure hope that top kill works, this is just so sad."

    These pictures of the water will all that oil in it, just devastating!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That sounded like an insult to Pee Wee Herman!

    The Obama administration is not without blame in this. Not only have they been dragging their heels since the explosion, but they granted an exclusion to BP from taking part in the impact study and allowed them to continue to drill even with their disastrous safety record.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Eric Peterman

    I dont know if top kill will work

    I have emailed the white house and BP and CNN with a solution

    Solution #1
    Detonate a bomb on the leak

    Solution #2 set a colasal concrete block on the leak to stop/at least slow the leak

    Drop something on it or blow it up.

    BP only wants to capture their product

    May 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Nicole The Netherlands

    Good evening Everyone!!!
    finally able to watch AC360 live again, missed you all..
    Good to see Anderson in Louisiana...
    so sad that my fears 5 weeks ago are true now..

    May 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    Yes, I agree with you...... it is so sad to see this, But I also agree with Anderson said. it is very horrible to see this so bad..

    May 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360- glad to see you on site.

    Hi, David, Nancy, Emily, Megan, oAnn, N. Royalton, Nichole, Gabriela, Mike, Smith, Casey, everyone.....

    I agree with the ccouple interviewed "this did not have to happen"- i beleiee they are right.

    And, by the way, i haven't seen much from Congress on this matter. I do believe that the Fed. Gov. needs to get involved. However, BP Has to be the primary legal party.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. It's great to be here with all of you tonight. So sad to see you on the beach Anderson. But we knew it would come to this–reporting from beaches full of oil. So tragic. I keep hoping for help with a massive clean-up and of course some success tomorrow to stop the leak.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Smith in Oregon

    Louisiana Republican's placed their special interests in Big Oil far above the interests of the major fishery's and sensitive environments in Louisiana for decades. They made that choice long ago and now are being forced to live with that decision. Perhaps if they vote in more Democrats, the fishery's might be given a greater amount of respect.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Emily

    It's great to hear that AC360 has been trying to hard to get "anyone" from BP to come on the show, with an open invitation anytime! It means a lot to many viewers & it speaks volumes to the fact that they keep turning 360 down! :(

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I just don't like the republican tone on BP spill...there are all sorts of opinions from Republicans and none of them seem to be in sync with what the fellow republican says!!!

    Some complain the the government is too big! Some not enough!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. maureen

    so upsetting what is going on in the gulf. where is our government yet again... no where to be found. Ridiculous. someone help the animals, the water and these people.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Carolyn

    This is a travesty – I am wondering how many people have voted for and supported politicians who have backed oil drilling -

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Graham

    Why do we care about this? BP should be at the mercy of the American people. BP should have to pay millions of people to clean up this oil and be forced to put it all in a refinery so we can be sure they don't dump it. They used "our" property on lease and it is time we take back our deposit. We don't need a cash settlement! They will be our property.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Kathryn - Plym Mtg PA

    How sad that people think that this only affects the people in the Gulf. We are all victims of this and our lives will be changed forever.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Diane Berube Canada

    I always thought that shrimp was the ‘must have’ food in LA.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Emily

    Great to hear Congressman Steve Scalise speak out!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Smith in Oregon

    Oh my look at the Louisiana Republican Congressman blaming Obama for the spill baby spill mantra? Big Oil is deeply mired in Louisiana politics and that toxic relationship is now being served up on their plates.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Kenya

    Good evening...
    I agree with what a lot of folks have been saying I think the president needs to do more about this spill. It's a disaster at this point.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I did hear that BP will not let the camera crews while trying to do the "Top Kill" experiment. They will also release the video based on the results from the experiment...

    By the way do you guys think that the oil is toxic???

    May 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Diane Berube Canada

    I sure hope that top kill works, this is just so sad.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Smith in Oregon

    Hurricanes pushing up along the Gulf of Mexico could certainly expand this field of toxic death deep inland and far across the entire Gulf.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Emily

    Has BP made any decisions on whether or not the cameras will be rolling when they try to cap it?

    Wow, that's quite the site there, of AC out on the coast

    May 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Smith in Oregon

    Good evening Anderson Cooper, CNN Staff, Guests and fellow bloggers.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David, Megan, Nancy, Starr, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    Glad to see AC in Louisiana tonight....

    May 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers!

    Looking forward for a great show tonight! Larry King had a great show preceding AC360 tonight.

    Good to see you at the site Anderson!!! Truth prevails

    May 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! :D
    Happy Tuesday night!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Diane Berube Canada

    Hi everyone,
    Great speech, Anderson. Loved the dress robes:)
    Back to LA again, it must almost feel like a second home already. I hope you are having a good time down there even though that oil must be pretty hard to take in person.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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