May 19th, 2010
12:27 PM ET

BP exec on AC360 tonight – send us your questions

After weeks of requests, BP has agreed to come on AC360° tonight at 10pm ET to answer questions about the Gulf oil disaster. BP managing director Bob Dudley will talk to Anderson about the latest in the cleanup efforts.

We know what we want to ask him, but what about you? Send in your questions.

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Scott Rogers

    What specifically will you do to help all of the people, animals, and plants that you have hurt (and/or killed) through this catastrophe that has been caused by your company and affiliates?

    May 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  2. Angie - Omaha Ne.

    What is BP's long term plan to fix this issue completely?
    A. local water quality and wild life.
    B. economy.
    C. Clean up workers health.
    D. Repayment for Damages.
    E. Making sure that disasters like this one do not happen again, and if they do that there is a game plan for recovery.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  3. Eugenia - San Francisco

    from patrick, a resident in new orleans:

    "Why cant we use the US Naval Deep sea assets to help in the well action plans and why are they using corexit dispersant when a less evil water Based EPA product is available""..?

    thank you

    May 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  4. Gayle Swain

    Did you know that Governor Bobby Jindal sent an emergency requested 2 weeks ago today to the US Government, Army Corps of Engineers, for a permit to dredge sand along the Chandelier Islands to build a barrier to stop the oil spill from entering the Louisiana marshlands?

    Governor Jindal still has not gotten approval. What can BP do to speed up this process and save our wetlands?

    May 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  5. glenn

    If BP considers this a moderate leak and can't handle it, ask him what they consider is a major leak and how they would handle it. Also, ask him how they would handle a worse case scenerio i.e., tomorrow another oil catastrophe in the Gulf, even worse. Do they have the resources, manpower and equipment to handle a back-to-back episode? From what I understand, they had to beg, borrow and steal what equipment they do have. No mercy Anderson, I'll be watching.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  6. Jim Hulton

    Since off-shore oil drilling has been going on for years, why isn't there any technology available today to suck up the oil off the surface of the water after such a major leak such as BP's? Hasn't the oil industry learned anything from the Exxon Valdez disaster 19 years ago?

    What will BP and its partners of the Gulf of Mexico disaster do to share information with other US oil corporations engaged in off-shore drilling to prevent anything like this from ever happening again?

    How heavily is BP insured for such accidents and what insurer will ultimately be responsible for helping pay for all the damage that has occurred and the lives lost?

    May 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  7. JC-Los Angeles

    Mr. Dudley:

    How would you feel if your toilet overflowed for weeks and weeks and weeks?

    May 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  8. Peter Schnupp

    Did BP give money to the tourism boards of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi to run a television spot that BP created?

    "The beaches are clean! The seafood is fresh! And the national parks are open!” gushes a pleasant female voice, as the television commercial displays a sunbather...along the beautiful Gulf Coast!

    This story is being reported by Rick Outzen on the Daily Beast.

    Thanks, Anderson!

    Peter Schnupp
    Brooklyn, New York

    May 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  9. Carol B.

    Why is there a cap on how much BP will pay, when the damage ( via video, wildlife, and beach destruction) is conclusive to be FAR greater than that?

    May 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  10. Deborah Bird - KEY WEST - FLORIDA

    Why did it take a month before NOAA complained that BP wouldn't allow them fly over the area with a hurricane aircraft to drop tracking devices to monitor the flow of the oil spill?

    BP says they are going to pay for the clean-up – but how will they compensate the people whose lives and career are in jeopardy due to this disaster.

    May 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  11. Jane Rivelli

    Anderson, please ask this ? this evening, it is very disturbing to me.

    The Huffington Post and CBS is reporting that a pool of CBS reporters were told to stop filming a beach in New Orleans that had oil on it. As they were filming a US Coast Guard boat with BP workers on board approached and told them to stop filming or they would be arrested. When the CBS reporter asked why and how...the US Coast Guard stated that it was "BP's Rules"

    How on American soil, an American news crew can be told to stop filming by a foreign company or be arressted by the US Coast Guard?

    May 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  12. Joanne Ryan

    Why are the Coast Guard threatening to arrest journalists from filming on public land and saying it's under the order of BP?? Why was the Cousteau team turned away from doing research? Do you think BP has the right or the money to keep the public from seeing the real damage you have done??

    May 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  13. Theodore Pierce

    Was the oil that was produced from the now blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico consumed in the United States or elsewhere?

    May 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  14. Tammy Weathersby

    Why is filling the pipes with concrete the last resort? If they think it will work, why have they not immediately tried this?

    May 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  15. Mary

    The question I have is how will BP repay the lose of wildlife??Over 100 sea turtles during there prime egg laying season have died !! we have struggled as enviromentalist to bring them back for the brink on extinction,especially the Kemps ridley sea turtle!! What if the oil gets to florida coast ,what about the manetees?? Why are they hiding how much wildlfe is dieing?? Also tell them they should be ashamed!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  16. Lilibeth

    Besides implementing your own company's ideas to stop the oil flow, are you willing to consider ideas from individuals and other corporations?

    Edmonds, Washington

    May 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  17. Sophia Tesch

    Mr. Dudley:

    If you were given a time machine to go back before the incident what would you do differently?

    Will the changes you state be implemented and what does that time line look like?

    How will BP compensate the people and the ecology of the area for the immense negative impact which seems could have been avoided had proper systems been in place?

    Also, in Mr. Dudley's experience what needs to be changed in the regulatory process to make it more efficient and effective in doing its job without adding undue costs to the delivery process?

    May 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  18. Alicia Farnum (New York City)

    Have you ever considered burning the oil? If this problem is ever resolved, what aid will you provide to the wildlife? (Which is my main concern.)

    May 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  19. Victoria Alameda

    Automobile companies would not put a safety feature in there cars. They would calculate the risk vs the expense and would conclude that when and if a claim was made the pay out on that claim would be far less. Making it far more profitable to risk lawsuits from faulty equipment. I want to know if BP did the same risk based calculation. And wre now suffering the price.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  20. Michelle

    Is BP planning to close this drill site permanently or just to stop and clean up the spill but continue using this site? I think the site needs to be shut down permanently.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  21. Laura B

    Mr. Dudley, is BP considering reducing it's off-shore drilling in light of the accident and resulting damage?

    May 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why BP used a square box instead of a cylinder shape didn't make sense to me. I would think a cylinder shape would have been effective when placed against water just like the cylinder tools used in oil drilling.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  23. Benny Late

    What % of your gulf liabilties will you pass along to your suppliers like Transocean?

    May 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  24. Ursula Hoffmann

    Are you searching for sustainable substitutes for oil?

    May 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  25. Ursula Hoffmann

    This oil disaster isn't the first and will not be the last one. Oil has no sustainable future, neither as energy nor as means of production. Are you searching for sustainable substitutes?

    May 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  26. Aaron

    From Nebraska.

    Greetings Anderson, thank-you for continuing to press so many issues with no softball questions on your show! Here are my questions for your guest.

    Mr. Dudley, what kind of "cozzy" benefits in the oil industry do you feel will be targeted by President Obama and how will this impact your company if the policy does change?

    Is there such a thing as safe off shore oil drilling like some claim we extract and burn clean coal?

    What role do you feel should the federal government play in this diaster now that the spill is still occurring?

    Given the new reports of the BP oil spill possibly infiltrating ocean jet streams that can reach Florida and possibly other states and a recently expanded fishing ban in the Gulf, how will you determine the cost of damages and how will you repay damages given reported damages are still expanding?

    May 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  27. Vishal Dani

    1. its been almost 3 weeks since the disaster. I am wondering how much time and what will it take for BP to even estimate amount of oil leaking into the gulf?

    2. How can one even estimate environmental impact of the disaster w/o knowing how much oil is leaking? No wonder BP exec feel the impact is moderate. Question is what is their definition of extreme vs moderate and is that in sync with people and government's definition?

    3. I feel Government is at fault and no point just blaming the corporation. We missed the fundamental leaks within financial markets, it is quite apparent that there is actually no mechanism in place to monitor any industry and some of these stuff actually can lead us to brink of disaster?

    4. Do I feel or is it general frustration that government is good at performing postmortem rather then implement regulatory & inspection bodies to monitor such industry.

    5. Question to ask government is how safe are we from leaks that can happen from nuclear plants, etc. Are we relying these agencies to interdependently secure our nations or do we need to stop and just think about what next and how can we prevent it?

    May 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  28. VanessaTx

    Will you pay for the enviromental damage?

    May 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  29. Lisa in Louisville

    Why did BP not have any kind of a contingency plan? Surely they had to know that this kind of "accident" was a possibility.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  30. Carlos

    How can you drill so deep in the Gulf yet not have any equipment/technology available to contain any spill or mishap that might happen at this depth?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  31. Marcy Roban

    His answer will be: We had precautionary measures in place. And, we are paying out to those who lost their jobs and are doing this and that to stop the spill.

    That being a given, I'd like to know if as the leader of his corporation, he didn't see that this was a POSSIBILITY and that GREED had an important part in this.

    As a citizen who knows nothing about drilling, I AM CONSCIOUS, and would have NEVER drilled so close to any nation. IT IS OBVIOUS

    May 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  32. Bob Foley

    I would like to know why BP states they are not responsible yet are willing to make selected payments? Are those payments included in the cap and is their statement a defense they are crafting?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  33. Matt B.

    What was the reason you marginalized the amount of the effect spill as it pertains to the ecological threat? Seems you don't have a clue about anything. Just like a Englisher!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  34. Delllane

    What kind of green materials and technologies (such as oil-sorbets made from recycled materials) is BP using to best insure the clean up is environmentally conscious?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  35. Victoria Case

    What kind of commitment is BP willing to publicly make regarding their future actions? In other words, are you willing to reorganize the corporate culture from a "profit at all cost" to being a responsible corporate citizen, i.e. going from the largest ever fine issued by OSHA to now the Gulf Disaster – what are they going to do about the future?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  36. Chi

    My Q: How does he feel looking at May 17 Beat 360 pic?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  37. Monica M. Williams

    Blanket statement do not evoke emotion or connection to the public.
    Why has it taken so long for BP to address the public directly?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  38. Chi

    My Q: Finger-pointing is a bad practice. What has BP done to avoid it?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  39. John Brownell

    Mr. Dudley,

    Given the potential for economic damage in an event such as this, in the interest of cooperation and a speedy and effective response, why isn't BP practicing full disclosure with regards to its media and data concerning the leak?

    What is BP's official stance on the safety inspection information that shows that just before the spill occurred BP didn't follow safety procedures, potentially engaging in willful negligence which would expose BP to unlimited liability?

    Is BP currently reviewing its safety procedures on other rigs to ensure they are not guilty of willful negligence?

    How will the claims, liability to the cap and potential for uncapped liability be represented in BP's financial statements?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  40. Allan

    How could BP be so irresponsible with our fragile environment? And is BP ready to face the worlds legal system?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  41. Christina

    Anderson, PLEASE ask the BP man why he told the BBC the "environmental impact will be MODERATE" in the Gulf region, regarding the Deepwater incident? What does HE consider MAJOR? And why doesn't he seem to be as outraged as the rest of us regarding this amoral if not criminal act of negligence? Thanks Anderson...I'll be watching...

    May 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  42. Janice Ocala Florida

    Is BP going to let their kids eat fish from the Gulf.?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  43. Aruna

    I'm seeing my closest corner BP station in a state of what looks to be closure. Are locations shutting down? Is this permanent?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  44. Heath Black

    Heath Black- Chicago, Il

    What precautions are you guys going to take to prevent this from happening again? Are you rethinking off-shore drilling?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  45. Lexi

    When will the SPILLING end? I'm horrified at what is happening to our ocean. Why wasn't there a fail safe in place to STOP this type of problem?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  46. Erik Jones

    What are you planning on doing to repair the damage that your corporation has caused both the environment and the economic livelihood of fisherman that can no longer do their jobs? And what are you going to do to ensure a disaster like this never happens again?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm |

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