May 19th, 2010
10:00 PM ET
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Anderson, you conducted the interview well! Your questions were in line with America people's thoughts, and no one can face the America people without appropriate answers. You appeared to be well informed and awared of what is going with the oil spill.

    May 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  2. earthlife

    Why not relieve the pressure from the main opening by drilling diagonialy into the shaft below the ocean floor, possibly four or more place's and that would relieve pressure from the main opening making it much easier to cap it first , then the narrower shafts should be easily capped. Thank you the oppurtunity to express .

    May 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  3. Evan

    The sad truth is that people are not grasping the seriousness of this oil spill. From the estimates, it is an insane amount of oil out there killing all that life. Compare it to alcohol in your body. It only takes so much before you're lying on the floor spinning in circles. Just watch what will happen to the Gulf.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Prasanna Padmanabhan

    Great interview Anderson! You did all the homework and had all the facts. You were persistent and yet not lose your calm when the guy tried to evade your questions.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  5. Reggie Sinha

    Is British Petroleum accountable to the American people? Americans should never trust those foreign owned oil companies.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  6. Shane

    This guy needs to go into politics. To comment on the question " who is paying for this clean-up ?" It darn well better be paid in full by BP, they need to take resposibility. If it puts them out of business So Be It!

    May 20, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  7. sheila

    I am so mad at BP for killing our wildlife.Please join me in boycotting BP . Sheila in Ky

    May 20, 2010 at 2:07 am |
  8. Hannah

    Thanks, Anderson, for being persistent in this interview. Unfortunately, it seems that Bob Dudley is holding back a lot of information that would anger us further.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:05 am |
  9. Amber

    Way to give him hell, AC. I gotta say though, I am not at all interested in BP releasing all that video to Joe and Jane Public. They should be sharing the video with experts who have the ability to judge what they see and come up with a plan to fix it.

    May 20, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  10. Daniel Kozup

    The widespread Alaskan support for oil drilling is only indicative of just how many people can be bought by the oil industry. If the spill in the Gulf is as difficult to stop and as damaging to the environment as it's shaping up to become, imagine the effect of a similar accident in the Arctic winter. What exactly is it going to take for people to demand a worldwide switch to alternative energy? The extermination of sea life? As for this interview of Mr. Dudley, he no doubt earned his huge salary today. His smooth delivery of evasive answers was truly a mission accomplished. I particularly liked how he minimized what's happened to the shorelines and marshes, although that fizzing soda can analogy just simply stole the show.

    May 20, 2010 at 1:07 am |
  11. Danny

    Bob Dudley redirect questions soooo much that his face is crooked!!! He has not answered a question in this video as far as i'm concerned.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:43 am |
  12. Anthony

    Excellent interview Anderson........ Thank you.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:41 am |
  13. Timothy Johnson

    That's my Anderson Cooper! Grill BP. Thank you.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:39 am |
  14. Christine Elmore

    Thank you, Anderson, for being one of a very few reporters to not be intimidated by BP. You asked the BP executive difficult questions. Thank you for being a real journalist.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  15. Kirk Hill

    Hello Anderson:
    Just finished watching the full interview with Mr. Dudley.
    5,000 seems to be his favorite number(5,000 barrels/day and now gas/oil ratio of 5,000/1)
    Gas/oil ratios can be expressed several ways ie. by weight or by volume. He probably gave us the volume ratio which makes the gas seem like a much larger component. Gas expands as it rises to the surface from 5,000 feet (that number again) below the surface so if his ratio is at standard temperature and pressure the oil is still very significant.

    By the way the gas released from most wells is also harmful to the environment. How is that being handled?

    How does he know the gas/oil ratio and not the flow rate of the mixture?

    Thanks for pushing for the live feed. Needs to include the well head and the broken pipe end for an accurate flow monitoring. Rate of change of flow from day to day would be very interesting? The soda can analogy is interesting. After a brief time the foam from the soda stops. When will the leak stop if left alone? (BP's response so far)
    Rate of flow change would help us answer that question. BP doesn't want us to know.

    Again, thanks to you and the team for excellent coverage!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  16. B Neary

    Thank you Anderson, finally an interview where BP's talking points were decimated. Thank you. The American people deserve to know exactly how much oil is erupting, not leaking, into the Gulf.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  17. Vicki

    After watching Bob Dudley, I'll run out of gas and pay more for a competitor's product than ever buy a BP product again.

    Thank you for asking the hard questions, Anderson, however I think you were confronting the true, and truly disgusting, BP oil slick and his name is Bob Dudley. I have never been so disgusted watching a human being. He clearly received good media training and legal coaching on how not to answer a question, yet appear to be sincere. Is there no shame left? The man made me want to vomit. The company disgusts me. They know exactly how much oil is pouring into the gulf and they refuse to tell us - it didn't take much to see that he was oozing out of being truthful. I can only hope that Bob Dudley and the rest of the greasy BP team end up in jail.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  18. Paula Forget

    Bravo Anderson! Thank you for keeping BP honest. Great job tonight! You were awesome!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  19. Richard Fachtmann

    Thank You CNN and Anderson Cooper! Thank you for not letting this story fade! Thank You for asking BP the tough questions and trying to get straight answers. You seem to ask the questions we all should be asking and demanding the answers that bring real and positive change... Thank you for being, "The Lorax" from Dr. Seuss.

    ~"But now," says the Once-ler, "Now that you're here, the word the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like YOU CARES A WHOLE LOT, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~ The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    May 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  20. Rhonda Kaye

    Bob Dudley's deportment and demeanor reeks of evasive non-answers. He is highly unlikeable and unbelieveable to boot

    May 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  21. David English

    Has anyone ran the models as to where the oil will go if a hurricane hits the Gulf? What is the senerio of oil being updrafted and carried inland over agricultural farmland? Will it destroy our food crops, poison our water supply, kill livestock or affect the air we breath? NOTHING has even been mention of these possibilities.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  22. elijah

    I've been a chemical leak sealer for many years. I have fixed countless leaks in countless chemical plants. BP needs to hire a leak sealing company like "Furmanite" to fix this before its to late..I could easily fix this in less than a day if I got the chance..design a metal cap with a gate valve to allow the pressure to flow while being installed. Build a strong back with pipe grippers, install the cap, run all thread through to the strong back securing the cap over the pipe..then close the gate valve..its that simple people...GRRRR

    May 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  23. Gilbert

    I do care about the oil spill though. I believe that the US government should void their permits and licenses until they clean up the mess they created. they should also be fined $50.00 for each gallon of oil spilled until the leaking pipes are plugged

    May 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  24. Sean Pinney

    Nail this guy – he's lying.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  25. Oscar Lopez

    I think that cnn should follow up the offer that Mr Dudley made about letting the video feed to be available for the experts to analyze.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
  26. keith st.clare

    Mr. Cooper: I suggest that you look into the research and development of oil containment, oil well repair and oil leakage stopping techniques developed in the Middle East. I have been told that conditions and accidents very much like our Gulf incident have occurred near Iran, etc. Perhaps a pairing of our technologies and a positive accomplishment shared by our otherwise adversarial countries would promote understanding or at least an appeal to reason. I'm sure you are aware of the preponderance of off shore drilling in Iran, in particular as well as the intentional injuries to wells within and off shore Kuwait, etc. How did they handle it? How did Nigeria handle it? Let's get some world class scientists and experts from other companies and other countries on your show (captions, translators, etc.) in order to do an end run around BP, who is obviously stalling, crawling and mauling the environment. Thanks for your consideration.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  27. Paul Flynn

    Challenge President Obama on air to (1) Require BP to put all available data on the break on line, preferably in CAD format ( pipe dia, and thickness, condition of the severed end of the pipe, angle of the pipe with respect to vertical, estimated exit pressure, etc. ), and (2) immediately encourage and fund US companies and agencies to access the data and solve the problem. Some of many US entities with capable engineers ( not scientists or professors ) are Exxon, which has designed a lot of undersea components at their Houston facility; NASA, which has the capability to quickly solve major problems – remember Apollo 13; and Northrup, which has extraordinary capabilities in both mechanical and electrical/electronic design. So far, the only people Obama has called in on the problem are politicians and lawyers. It is absolutely certain that neither will solve the physical problem.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
  28. anthony phillips

    Is it possible to cave the sea floor in at the source of the well? Using explosives orr torpedoes?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Tammy, Houma, LA

    If this thing isn't bad enough, that interview just made me want to puke and cry at the same time. There are things I am thinking right now I can't write on a public forum. How dare this guy blow off our state, our people, our wildlife, our way of life? How dare this bunch of pompous money hungry jerks not care about what this is doing to us, not what it will do, but what it is doing? The response to Katrina was horrific. This is just indescribable. Thanks for trying to get real answers and further proving what we already know.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |

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