.
May 26th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

Video: AC: "It's just dead out there"

Program Note: Watch Anderson Cooper's reporting from Louisiana on the Gulf oil spill on AC360° tonight at 10pm ET.

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    DAY 39

    Tony Haywood BP CEO:

    ".... this is now an environmental catastrophe..."

    DUH !!!???!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  2. Vivienne

    When I drive by BP gas station I just think .... 'ugh.'

    May 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  3. j. murray

    CNN's continuous live reporting from the Gulf is fantastic, keep it up, particularly coverage of the continuing actual oil and gas leak at BP's seabed crime scene. My guess is that there might also be wide viewer interest in seeing a side-by-side format–1) the current live leak coverage of the seabed site; 2) replay of CNN's continuous coverage of that site from some days earlier. Real time past and present visual comparisons of physical output and activity could be helpful to viewers in a number of ways, including how one handles periodic updates by BP that stoppage efforts are proceeding according to plan, or that output is perceptably slowing down, or has stopped, or whatever. BP cannot be taken at its word, far from it. Better that CNN viewers at least see, and make visual comparisons, for themselves.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  4. AA

    We need to be careful about the proposed regulation the oil industry. The price of oil will jump to $200 per barrel before the end of the summer. This will cause a second round of recession. All we need is one hurricane to make this a reality. This will in turn benefit the oil industry who will end up moving to other continents to generate their sources of income. They will cite the higher regulations proposed by the government for their profit.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  5. Anne Rioux

    Thanks, Anderson, for coming down here and getting these stunning images out to the nation. I was down in Venice yesterday as well as an Audubon volunteer, and I was amazed at the beauty of the wetlands and the extent of the destruction already. The oil industry destroyed a very large portion of that whole region already, before this spill ever happened. Now they are putting the finishing touches on their destruction.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  6. RJ

    Why is it the Federal Government will attach your assets and follow you to the grave for a $1000 income tax liability, yet it seemingly lacks the resolve to seize BP's , Transocean's, and Haliburton's assets within our borders to take control of cleaning up this unprecedented ecological and economic disaster and pay for the loss of livelihoods of thousands of our citizens.

    May 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  7. Debbie

    Here is another thing that I don't understand, the USA comes to the aid of all of these other countries (Haiti, India, etc) out there when disaster hits them, why is it we don't see any of those countries coming to our aid when we get hit? Did any country help with the devastation caused by Katrina or Hugo, how about the earth quake that tore through San Francisco, where are they? But hell why should I expect to see other countries helping us out when our own damn government won't do it!

    May 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  8. Srey

    I tried to watch the news about the oil spilled. I don't understand why it is taking so long for anybody to do anything to resolve this issue. If a meeker American was to spill something like that, that meeker American would be charged and arrested.

    May 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  9. Abbey Pfau

    Anderson,
    Why doesn't the head of BP talk to the head of the oil company that is to blame for the spill that just took place 9,000 ft below the waters off of the shores of Australia? That spill just released about 9million gallons of oil into the oceans there. What is going on?? Where are all of the clean up crews?? Oh by the way, we live in Savannah, GA, where do I buy my children HAZMAT suits?

    May 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  10. Bill Mulcahy

    Oh great, now they say that the oil "dispersant" will sink the oil and coat the bottom of the ocean. Is this the Obama political "out of sight out of mind" solution which may be much more harmful to fish populations and ocean health than if they left it alone?

    May 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  11. Cindy Abadie

    Anderson,
    If it wasn't for you and CNN bringing this disaster to light, we would not have the national attention we need. Our state's citizens are willing to do anything to repair our coast and wildlife. Please continue to report on this manmade disaster we are facing. It won't be over soon like a hit from a hurricane. The response is so similar to Katrina. Many thanks for your professionalism and dedication to journalism.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  12. Sean

    This is our fault for being so addicted to oil that we have looked the other way and let oil companies run the show without regard for the environment. You think this spill is bad? The damage done consuming the 10,000gallons per second that we use in this country will have much farther reaching consequences... We are in denial because of our greed.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  13. Alan

    Biting good Democrat nails, I sense failure on the part of the President with this disaster. He and the military should be in there now.

    Why hasn't there been a fundraising telethon yet like there was for Haiti?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  14. Jasmine

    Great reporting! I hope better ideas come up to stop this disaster for the sake of these innocent animals out there!!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  15. Dave H.

    Everybody is "guessing" how much oil is being spewed into the gulf daily. Why can't they use the daily output of the rig before the explosion to get a better idea on how much ??

    May 27, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  16. Open your eyes

    Why isn't the government seeing this as a national disaster and getting everyone involved that could help? This should have been done from the start. Why are oil companies not prepared for this type of disaster? If we are attacked again by another country, is this how it is going to be handle it? Is this administration for the people of this country? I can tell you what it looks like from my side.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  17. Aisharenee

    Its very sad to see wildlife defenseless. I hope they get hand on this..I dont understand why there havent been anything created to suck oil out masses of water. Since, this is not the first time.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  18. Pim Alles Netherlands

    It really is painfull watching all of this.
    Ive been a greenpeace supporter for the past 4 years and ive allready told my girlfriend if i had the fundings i would go there right now to aid with the cleaning up.
    Next to that its simply absurb how people point fingers towards others and blame eachother for this incident i think they should have taken action first and switch to the chilldish act of blaming afterwards.

    this is going to affect so much not just wildlife and nature but i think in time us humans aswell and im not talking about the people that are allready affected cause they rely on the fishing if BP fails it will become worse.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  19. Edward

    The U.S. government has failed its people. We have a regulation in Canada that requires two wells be drilled at once. Should any problem develop, the relief well is in place. BP is currently drilling the relief well in the gulf. This process will take three months. The U.S.A. allowed BP to endanger the enviroment but not using simple common sense. BP made 40 billion dollars last year, I think they could afford to have dirlled the second well BEFORE this disaster.

    To me, in Canada, the USA looks none too bright.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  20. Darrell J Williams

    its ashame the way our leaders of this country has allowed the down fall of this nation. You would think that enough has happened for someone to save the USA from dying All they congress both sides is lining their pockets with money. Our schools below average,the health care sucks,we owe CHINA the kitchen sink ,our banking system has been allowed to steal all the money they want ,the two wars are taking the lives of my military brothers while congress and their large company friends get rich ,our borders are being overrun , katriana was a disaster , now we have another great disaster with this oil spill in which the oil companies really do not care about. WHAT A DYING COUNTRY WE HAVE BECOME!!!!!!.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  21. Alicia Miller

    It will be a cold day in you know where before I ever stop at a BP station again. I will run out of gas and walk to another station.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  22. Nikita

    I live in Southern Lousiana, this is heartbreaking. People forget though the oil has been spotted 30 miles outside of Lafitte, this is a populated area, the oil is slowly making its way into "pipelines". Barataria Bay feeds into inlets & bayou's that feed into populated area's. It is in marshes right now but in a couple of weeks it will be in people's back yard's, maybe then someone might do something. They are talking about having to burn the marsh, which is the only way we know how to clean this. Think about this though we burn the marsh at the start of hurricane season, our marsh is our buffer. Do the math, this isn't just about fisheries, and endangered wildlife, this is about people and their homes, and our way of life.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  23. Joe Doe Niagara

    30 years later The Gulf of Mexico is the New Love Canal: A vast pool of toxic soup. Too little too late...again.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  24. Jerry Normandin

    I'm never buying BP prodicts again.. I encourage everyone to do the same. Obama has no balls..It's time he grows a set. Where's the oil skimmer ships? Where's the hazmat team ? I hope now everyone understands where the "dead zones" in the Gulf of mexico originate from.. it's chemical dispersants. Chemical dispersants deplete water of oxygen.

    Our governement is at fault too.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  25. Joe

    "The effect on the environment will be very, very moderate" – CEO of BP.
    Doesn't look so moderate to me.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  26. Rachel P

    We can't blame this all on BP . . . we, as a Nation, need to reassess our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. If now is not the time to begin using clean energy and living green, when?

    May 27, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  27. the wasp

    Top Kill ...Interesting terminology, if not somewhat ironic .Top Kill= surface habitat dwellers, Middle Kill= pelagic species and shallow corals, Bottom Kill, deep corals and all the rest...Nice work BP

    May 27, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  28. Kevin

    99.9% of species that have ever inhabited the Earth are extinct. Why do humans think they can control/exploit nature and not reep any consequences?

    May 27, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  29. susan

    Anderson,

    Get the Governor to call out the National Guard on national television.That is protocol,first the Governor has to call up the national guard, The coast guard is undermanned. Deputize the whole damned nation,if there are not enough of the National Guard to serve the Homeland.

    Where is General Honore? Get him out of retirement,if there are no more like him in the national Guard or reserve.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  30. MTr

    Thank you BP
    Thank you TransOcean
    Thank you Haliburton.

    Thank you for destroying our environment and needlessly decimating an ecosystem.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Ken

    It sounds eerily similar to how the Lower Ninth Ward (and other parts of New Orleans) were after Katrina. I went there shooting a documentary four months after the hurricane and there was nothing there – no small animals, no rodents, no insects – not even cockroaches. Everything there was dead, there were no sounds. The toxic soup that inundated the city killed everything. Now this – how much more can Louisiana take??

    May 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  32. Rheo

    I have faith that the Marshes will come back, but to its former glory? No, not in my life time (20 right now) and maybe not in our children's lifetime. But nature has done some mind blowing recoveries and I am sure that these marshes will rise again.

    Or was that just too optimistic? Will these Marches be another dead zone? Looks that way if this well isn't capped by summer's beginning.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Joe Mahma

    When are people going to figure it out? When it's too late?

    .

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  34. WalterJ

    a little praying and loving thy neighbor wouldn't hurt either.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  35. Edward

    I guess those oil executives are just cheap. How about throwing a few in jail? Maybe they'd start paying attention. How about the death penalty for those responsible?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  36. rob

    I have a feeling when this is all done, heads are going to roll, possibly including O'Bama's. This leak is still going.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Sabrina Rios

    Please keep covering this story. Nothing has been done because the media is not covering this thoroughly and not asking the tough questions. This is likely one of the biggest environmental disasters of our time, it deserves a lot of air time. Keep your reporters there and show us the pictures that explain what is happening. Depict the awful damage this is causing. We need to see the truth and the complacency of our government. Ask the tough questions of the politicians, BP, EPA. What is the Obama administration doing to clean this? When is it going to start? Why hasn't anything been done yet? We need answers and it's the media's job to get them.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  38. WalterJ

    This is all a reminder that we need to appreciate nature more and material things less. When we lose something as precious as wildlife and fish due to a man made disaster we should all resolve to consume less and try to enjoy the simple things in life that are free like air, oceans, lakes and mountains. Stop shopping and start living.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  39. muffin

    Don't know why there are no HAZMAT teams, but they told all of us photographers to stay away, not move the waters around more by boating thru....

    Could everyone stop buying gas from BP for like 2 weeks please????

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Samantha Rowley

    How sad to not hear even bugs buzzing around or any type of wildlife noise, which is typical of the marshlands.

    You're right, where are the HAZMAT crews?

    May 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm |