April 30th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Who's to blame for the oil spill: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the oil spill threatens the Gulf Coast, who's to blame and has enough been done to mitigate the negative effects? We're keeping them honest. In tonight’s Big 360 Interview, we’ll hear from a veteran police officer who is suing to block the Arizona immigration law, which he calls unconstitutional. Plus, we're talking to four powerful women in media about their personal struggles with breast cancer.

For more insight on the stories we're covering: Read EVENING BUZZ

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. Emily

    Great job filling in Sanjay!!
    good night, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Isabel & David, Starr, Renee, Gloria, Nancy, Nicole, & Bloggers!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Kenya

    Hmmm..the troops seem to have a lot of time on their hands out there! 😀
    Great program tonight. Sanjay you did a fantastic job this week for AC.
    Have a good weekend everyone.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Nicole The Netherlands

    Emily, Megan, Starr, Thankyou! Dream of visiting Louisiana and New York.. 😉
    Good evening and weekend everyone!!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night (Anderson), Sanjay Lisa Bloom, Megan, Jessica, Candy, David G, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Starr, Heather, Sharon and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you on Monday night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!! Have a great weekend! Thanks for coming in to join us tonight!
    Day of the shot with the men dances and singer! Awesome shot, LOL Thanks for coming in for join us tonight!
    Anderson will be here on Monday! 🙂

    April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Dr. G. & Team 360. eally good now tonight.

    I would normally say TGIF, buy frankly, i don't feel celebratory due to the sitution in the Gulf.

    Good night to all, i wish you a safe and relaxing weekend.

    I want men to have that nasal spray!!

    God bless the 82nd Airborne Division!!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Bored troops. That's a good thing.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Emily

    @David, Indiana,

    If you've heard 3 Billion, I'm sure that the clean up would be much more than that. How awful.

    Casey Wian has such great reports. I've not seem him as much as of late. They do have to stop all of these people that are crossing the border, yet I wonder if some of those that are already in the country were to be deported, would that prevent some from trying to cross?

    April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. RickFromDetroit

    I believe the world is using about 70 to 75 million barrels a day of crude oil. This is 2.9 to 3.15 billion gallons a day. The US consumes 20% of this and we are only 4%of the world population.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I like that nasal spray idea.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Rick, 60 years from now we'll have technology vastly better than today's to deal with the problem. In fact, if we are still using oil, recovery techniques will be so much better that those old wells will likely be in production again.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Thank you ladies for running for breast cancer. I think mammograms should be available to all ladies. If it werent for mammo.,,I wouldn't be on this blog tonight.I had my chemo port taken out and I'm ready to walk for cancer.(not run yet)"'You are never done with this disease.
    But I'm a thankful and love life.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Karoline, Los Angeles

    This oil spill just proves we need better regulation of oil wells. Increase the safety standards.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Just here in time to say hi bye!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Rob

    Good question. These wells will be plugged and abandoned using cement to prevent cross contamination of different formation zones. It's the same process used when an operator drills a dry well (when they don't find oil)

    April 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jill, Cokie, Deborah and Jennifer talked about their breast cancer, they are great ladies, very important to do go to your doctor and take mammogram like what they talked about that.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Dr. G. – Thank you for such a wonderful Panel of women on breast cancer.

    The honesty about how some doc's treat women was refreshing (because if can be true).

    God bless all of those women and all of the others who are fighting and living with breast cancer!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Emily

    Nicole The Netherlands,

    AC did so much great reporting on Hurricane Katrina....and his book is also a great read. I understand how you feel. I didn't know as much about the wetlands as I did their music & the foods, etc.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jerry, no doubt penalties on employers need to be tougher, but border security is a joke. We need to attack both supply and demand.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  19. RickFromDetroit

    Thanks for the info, but we are going to run into another problem. What is going to happen to these deep water wells 20, 40, 60 years from now when they have been "capped" due to low production and the wells rust due to the salt water? This deep water drilling sounds like it is a lingering disaster waiting to haunt us at a later date.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    On a whole, I think that most people agree with the law...I don't think that the police would be out stopping people for fun. They have too much work to do.
    If someone is in the country legally, and have nothing to hide when they are stopped by the police, they hide nothing.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole – God bless you for your sensitivity to Louisiana.

    It is a wonderful area and near the Gulf is a very delicate system of grasses, water and wildlife. Much of this will be affected, probably pretty badly.

    I too feel very emotional about Louisian too and i thank you for feeling the same way.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Jerry

    @Mike, I agree totally agree – but American laws have no teeth on this issue!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Estelle Michelin

    I would like to know if there are better emgerency plans in working order on other rigs to, hopefully, prevent another such disaster. The earth's mother throws out many natural phenominas, so these type of industries should be prepared for the worst at any cost. This is a terrible, non-fixable disaster and i can only hope that this will be an eye opener and learning experience for other regulating bodies to seriously consider. In the meantime, we need to start taking advantage of the vast array or energy alternatives that already exist and the world is over looking or tooo scared to take the leap into change. Or, certainly, from the oil industries's prespective as well as those that benefit from it, too scared to change their mindset for fear of losing their precious money. Money earned of the back's of suffering people, who ironicly depend on them at the same time! It seems we are all so blind to common sense even!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Steve Read

    50 million barrels is not a days gobal usage of crude ,and just several days for the US .Too big a risk for such a small amount .

    April 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  25. Leonard

    No one is to blame. We need oil, we must have it. And accidents are going to happen. The same statement can be said of coal. There is absolutely no human way possible to make any thing 100 percent fail safe.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's ok!!!!!!! Nice see you again, Yes, Good point there, I agree with you. Get feel better soon. 🙂

    April 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jerry, illegals are detained and deported. The 'arrest', if enacted, is a temporary step in deporting them. There are provisions in current law to fine those who hire them. These should be enforced.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    @Emily I've read costs for cleaning up the spill could reach 3 billion.

    It is amazing how much human and drug smuggling is going on in that area. I am very glad that the officer is recovering from his wounds.

    A great rept from Casey Wian. That last pt about the tension around the border is key. What can be done to decrease the tension?

    April 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  29. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Emily, I don't now why but I get very emotional about this, watched so much reporting about Louisiana with Katrina (on AC360) learned about the wetlands, it's an so precious area..

    April 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We should remember the two border patrol officers who gave two years of there life up doing there job .

    April 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Emily

    Can't anyone see a Doctor if they pay?

    When I've been on vacation in different countries, I've had medical coverage just in case I needed it. I didn't need to be a resident of the country. I had travelers insurance.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  32. Theresa, Mississippi

    What some of you don't seem to understand is that this spill could kill an entire region of this country. If filling up your hummer is more important to you than the livelihood of fishermen whose families fished these areas for generations and the death of protected species both plant and animal that thrived on our coast, then God help you because nothing I say could ever make a difference. Greed, gluttony and stupidity are what's killing our country, not terrorism or immigrants.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  33. Rob

    @RickfromDetroit... the offshore drilling industry will be working 24/7 to figure out what went wrong and will incorporate all lessons learned into future wells. The modern BOPs (not the one you see on Wikipedia) are incredible machines and are tested regularly to MMS standards to ensure they can hold up to the pressures that might be seen at 12k feet.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  34. Jerry

    If we are going to arrest the immigrant for coming in illegally for jobs – then we need to arrest the American citizen who is hiring them!!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    "I have no problem with CEO's getting big bucks if they return big profits."

    I agree with you!
    If you want the best doing the job, you have to pay them. If they are running a big company, they deserve all they get.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Supreme Court has approved race as a factor in stopping and searching a person in a vehicle in a 1998 case; as long as there were other factors.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  37. RickFromDetroit

    @Smith Oregon
    To keep the record straight, CNN reported that a barrel of oil is 42 gallons. I was wrong too, I thought it was 48 gallons.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  38. Emily

    That was great news on the update of the Sheriff Deputy. 🙂

    I hope that he is back on his feet ASAP!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Among those who know about the AZ law 60% approve.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The feds may be too late .

    April 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Joe

    Is this going to be paid for by BP or is it going to be paid for by an insurance company and if so, what company? It better not be AIG!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Protecting the border has to be one of the most dangerous jobs right now. I pray that this sheriff deputy makes it and he will be ok. They need more help.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This shooting just shows how much the AZ law is needed, and should be repeated in other border states.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,

    When I heard about that underwater 'volcano' of oil...my stomach was turning thinking about it...and the side effects to the food.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    We need to station the National Guard on the border and allow them to shoot any who offer resistance.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The deputy getting shot is only going to create hatred .

    April 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Jerry

    This whole issue of immigration. The police are not going around picking up people the way the Nazis did to the Jews. That was racial profiling!! If someone is commiting a crime and the police pick that person up wether they are black, brown, or white and they are illegal then further charges will be brought against them .

    April 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    The shooting of the deputy is likely to really "stir the pot" out here in the Southwest.

    This is not good timing.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, There are aware of breast cancer, I also have once too. Yes, women took test MRI or x-ray, if they found, should have prevent their lives, too.. Most men and women are so brave while they are raising fund.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  50. Smith in Oregon

    The estimate of the undersea Oil reservoir was 50 Million barrels which is around 2.5 Billion gallons (50 gallons a barrel roughly).

    April 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
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