May 19th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Keeping BP honest on Gulf oil leak: Join the live chat

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We have BP Managing Director Bob Dudley tonight and Anderson will be keeping him honest on the Gulf oil spill. Plus Sean Penn will talking about life in Haiti and testifying before the Senate today. And we'll investigate what influences children's perceptions of race.

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Wilson Treadwell

    Why hasn't our Navy already sealed off th pipe. This is our land and permission is not necessary.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I hope this Crime & Punishment story is not going to end with " there is no law against it."

    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  3. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ oAnn, N. Royalton

    What is the "exlusion" that BP was granted?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Theresa and Nancy, people like Sean Penn can be infinitely more effective by asserting pressure from the fringe or outer ring of the decision circle, as opposed to being at the table. They can speak freely and directly as opposed to being politically correct.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  5. Vesley

    I'm very suspicious about the reason why they wouldn' t show the video of the oil leaks. Why don't we create a big rock or something to cover it up? Just asking.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Casey, Texas

    Anderson, how about getting some politicians that mean something (Greens) to debate the oil problems? If the Green Party had more involvement, this type of atrocity would never happen! People need to start acting green, rather than thinking green.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Jo Ann, I agree. It's one of the realities you encounter when you get up close and inside some of the world's big troubles.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  8. andersoncnn

    thanks for joining us everyone.. we are going to play the full 16 minute interview at the top of the 11pm program.. we played about 8 minutes of it just now..

    May 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  9. Emily

    At what age do children become aware of Race?
    I still think that many of these children are seeing 'color' vs. 'race'.
    Unless they are coming from a blatantly racist home, (and even then they may not really 'understand' what they are saying'), I think many are thinking about color (back to that Yin-Yang, etc), instead of "race".

    May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    God bless Sean Penn and thanks to him too for bringing us important, current information on Haiti.

    Haiti deserves better. I really hope that Mr. Penn's consistent reporting on the situation there will push the situation forward for the good ASAP.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Porscha

    BP Exec's what has happend to Social Accountability and Responsibility...we are all concerned for our children and our grandchildren's future...but I think now we should be concerned about what is going on right now with this oil spill that is effecting the now and present.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Tammy montague

    That BP exec never answered a question! Slippery as an eel. Good job though with your questions. I thought you put the beat down on him. He looked nervous but the poor lamb did hold it together and spew what the told him to spew!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Sad story, this so call nurse of death should be doing time for what he said, not what he did.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Noel

    The discussing is all about BP. Who cares who's to blame. We have a crisis, and no one is addressing the environmental crisis. Is everyone afraid of creating a panic? We must remember this is not a spill but an environmental crisis. Our birds, whales, fish, turtles, dolphins, to name a few are in peril. Our oxygen is threatened. Our ocean dies, we have no oxygen. Earth dies. This is our crisis. If they don't plug this well, it's death to earth. Sounds far fetch... Think about it!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Alan C

    Anderson are the only journalist that has the vision to light a fire under these BP execs. I watch your show all the time, and glad to see BP finally caved in.

    Now let's see if they allow independent scientists to measure the flow, and perhaps allow some outside ideas to clean this mess up. Also, Sean Penn has a very kind heart. We should all take a lesson from him. It's funny how 10-15 years ago he was out of control, and now he can teach us a lesson.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Hey Anderson and AC team – About BP –

    Next time you get a chance to meet with them, can you ask them about the "Agreements" that their employees on the rig had to sign – about their rights for litigation waived for whatever reasons?

    I would also like to know what they are doing for the families that got both directly and indirectly effected?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Wilson Treadwell

    Why has Bp not added extra 4 or 6 inch pipes into the large pipe to pump off more oil and gas to surface.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Jerry Fontes

    Abstract all you want about Haiti. Without clean water and sewage, anyone's efforts regarding Haiti are getting nowhere.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Poor Sean looks so aggravated about what is and isn't happening in Haiti.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Sophia Garcia

    The real problem is that the American government never really made or intended to make a real investment in Haiti...The real investment came from individuals who poured out their hearts and souls for the Haitian people, but individuals get tired and have limited resources...

    May 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Nancy in Oregon

    Theresa, maybe that's why he should not run for office then! He might be able to do more good by staying out of the political fray!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Shari

    BP's response has been pathetic! They have in no way demonstrated a sense of urgency, or deligent concern. Because of their huge complacency, it makes this mess appear to be much more, way beyond the huge ecological disaster that it is. It's all about the money....who's making it, and who's losing it.

    Where are the safety plans, back-up plans, test plans, response plans, and procedures?? Who else besides the bankers are monitoring these oil activities? Now is not the time for childish, immature blame games, but rather, it is past time to roll up the sleeves and jump into action!!

    Reality check Bob Dudley...none of your answers on the show tonight were acceptable!! Get Busy!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Chris

    The US government needs to immediately sieze all BP assets and take over. BP is not doing everything in their power to stop the leak. And it's a real shame that the other oil companies with the capacity to help are just standing on the sidelines.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  24. Andrea

    Why is no one discussing clean up of the oil spill. We need to demand that BP send a fleet of oil tankers on site to vacuum the oil into tanker ships. We could have that mess cleaned up in a matter of days.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Sean Penn ,,( along with many others) have really hung in there with the Hatian people. I hope he continues to pressure the polititians on their behalf and continue to be there voice.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike K...I'm all for a BP boycott.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Lisa

    Once again we have a mess of oil will the tax payers have to bail them out to.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Sami S

    Why isn't Anderson demanding that the government force BP to figure out exactly how much is leaking?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Emily

    Sean Penn has put in so much effort into Haiti!
    He has much respect from many for his tireless efforts.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Sean is getting things done!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Sharon Hastings

    Sean Penn has definitely shown to the world that he is not just another publicity seeking movie star. A true hero.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Tommy, Olney, MD

    BP needs to have all permits for offshore drilling pulled and we should not allow anymore offshore drilling until we have an emergency plan in place to actually deal with a spill of this magnitude.

    President Obama needs to fire everyone in the federal government responsible for allowing this to happen.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Sean Penn for clarifying the tangled way that such large donations are handled by the large aid agenies.

    Although, i always send through the Red Cross, Unicef, i do realize that, often the aid can be "held up" in the pipeline for any number of rediculous reasons.

    Please tell us if there is anything we, the people can do that will have some positive impact on this situation.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Poor Haiti...we try to help them but we can't even help ourselves.

    The rest of the world needs to help too.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  35. Karoline, Los Angeles

    That is so shocking. Some camps have received no aid at all. Just shocking.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Monica M. Williams

    Why is it that ordinary people seem to step up in big ways.

    Its amazing how ordinary people like Sean Penn can make substantial strides in Haiti with sure willpower. He is not a politician or world scholar. He is simply a man on a mission to do right by Haiti.

    We need more people like him. Thanks for keeping the spotlight on his efforts and reminding us that life in Haiti is still news 4 months after the earthquake.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Smitty

    The bp execs should be jailed, we should stop buying there fuel, and Obama should own up to his failure and bp's support of his election
    thwt are all crooks! Our beautiful coast is ruined forever! Yes eveything will die oil has killed in more ways than one ! God is paying us back for permitting us to rely on this poison! Doesn't nuclear look alot safer Now

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Daryn Bolland

    Has the U.S Gov or the Haitian Gov made any headway yet in starting the cleanup or at most the re-building of Haiti?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Kathy Jordan

    My suggestion Pour concrete on the leak

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Larry

    This is crazy with a company as large as this, BP can measue profit but all of a sutton this company can't measure being lost. why did Anderson 360 even bring this guy on, he is just a yes man......

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Dena Conway

    We are all responsible for the stewardship of our beautiful (fragile) waterways. How can we just sit and watch as our Gulf Water Creatures Helplessly fade away?
    Let's ALL work hard at "Keeing Them Honest"...enough celebrations ...no one feels like partying when we see what's happening out there! Great Work Anderson! d

    May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Karoline, Los Angeles

    How hard is it to get an immunization program going? I would think the U.S. has so much experience with those that they don't need to reinvent the wheel on that!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Marky of Manila

    This is one of the byproducts of capitalism or free enterprise. Obama's administration should lay down the axe on this people to show it's seriousness and intolerance with reagard to environmental problems....

    May 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Pawan S

    What happens when the hurricane season comes around and all the oil is still in the gulf? What are the repercussions?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. mark from Denver

    Give them money to stop the leak.
    $5B should do it.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  46. Theresa, Mississippi

    We need Sean Penn running for office in this country. He really cares about doing good for people.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Emily

    "anderson go and see what's what.....i trust you"

    I think that we ALL Trust Anderson! I hope that he does take him up on that offer, however, it sounds like many other investigative reporters, & journalists were given the run-around!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Shirley

    We need to fix it and then worry about who is going to be paying for it. The companies involved with this couldn't find anything with both hands. Charge them after we fix it!!! Sea life and the future of human beings making their life off the Gulf are at state!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Ian Morris

    re: BP Oil Leak Release Volumes

    Ask BP:

    How, without knowing the flow rates of oil/gas emerging from the leak, can BP proportionately meter the amount of dispersant chemicals?

    As an expert in the field, this does not reassure me.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Charles

    Use BP's profits to plug the well

    May 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
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