May 25th, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Will the 'Top Kill' Work? Join the Live Chat

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BP engineers are preparing to start their next attempt to stop the oil spill in the Gulf.  Anderson is along the Gulf coast tonight in Louisiana with all the developments. We'll also have the tonight's other headlines.

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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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soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. Cheryl Couture

    President Obama's hands have been tied...He hasn't done much because he received huge financial support from BP. I have lost faith in this President.

    Cheryl/ Naples, FL

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Julie

    Good Evening Anderson,

    Just wondering...will this be the end of off shore drilling?
    Hoping and praying they get this fixed very soon!!! Thanks for
    keeping us up to date.


    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    From the intvw w Mayor Carmadell and Parish President Billy Nungusser it's clear local officials are not being given a free hand to deal with the spill as it comes ashore. Given that they and the fishermen know the waters near their shores the best, that's restraining knowledgeable people from effective action. More flexible command. Skimmers should work these areas. Can fishing boats be fitted with skimmers.

    2million acres of oyster beds at risk and crabbing and shrimp fishing grounds and more.

    Good question about assessment.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Clean it up!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  5. David

    Yes very sad. Why BP's entire company and assets should not be on the line to clean this up in it's entirety is beyond me. Limited liability is so silly especially given how large these companies are and how much money they make on a daily basis. BP should spend every dollar of their assets and net worth until this thing is clean and penalties for the next 50 years!!! I hope 1) they patch it up tomorrow and 2) they go completely out of business after spending tons of money to clean it all up.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Rob L, Long Island, NY

    as a marine sciences student, I urge the government to take this disaster as the stark reality to create change in our country. The protection, and conservation of our precious ecosystems are much more important then the fact that the banks have no money....money means nothing when the place you live is a complete eyesoar. Tourism, food,fishing. coastal residences....all DONE, hire us college graduates who wish to make a difference!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Smith in Oregon

    If Craters in the Seabed are indeed venting Crude Oil also, even a successful top-kill is not going to stop those huge craters from gushing Oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Abdullah

    what is this mess????? where is WWF? where is Green Peace and where is OBAMA????? It is true that they have to put a lid on the hole but what about the ecosystem that is destroyed? will BP pay for it? or if i does HOW????? People need to make their voice heard and push for the HORRIBLE OIL to be cleared. This is Just DISTURBING.... 🙁

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Nicole The Netherlands

    Thanks Emily and Starr! dvr ed the show saw most of it...
    want to give Billy Nungesser (and al the people there) a big hug, what a real human drama. Interested in that dispersant stuff what Ed Levendera found last week...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  10. Bob Segari

    South Louisiana has been through enough!. First getting ignored after Katrina and now being ignored at the time of the major crisis. How can those in charge continue to disregard the good people of this area.
    Shame on all of you. Hope you can get your seafood from some where else!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Kevin from BTR

    It is safe to say, I won't ever buy another drop of gasoline from BP.
    Feel free to join me.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Barbara

    My heart goes out to the people of Louisiana- I don't think that BP has done enough to help these people but then again why should they care it isn't their families who aren't making a living in the only way they know how. I cry whenever I see or hear what is happening to their marshes, etc. I think BP reps should be ashamed for not coming forward and speaking about the terrible problem. As far as I am concerned I would never buy BP again.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Sommer - St. Louis, MO

    Watching this disaster makes me sick. We all have become too dependent on big oil. America needs find an alternative to oil.

    It's sad that BP only thinks this has a 60%-70% chance of working. What happens then? We are stuck with oil killing our environment and livelihoods?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  14. ashley

    BP is primarily responsible and the spill have gotten out of hand so the government should get involved. In order for the government to get involved it will have to use taxpayer's dollar. Therefore before the government dig into their pockets, they should pretty much liquidate BP equity and assets to pay for as much as the clean up as possible since BP is obviously don't want to spend the necessary money to fix this mess.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Mark Spitsbergen

    Anderson thanks for bringing more visibility to what is going on with this oil spill. I usually watch FOX news but it seems like they are ignoring one of the worst man made disasters in the history of man! These folks good have had the super tankers out there sucking up the oil from day one. Please keep the pressure on...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Wendy

    When will the citizens of the United States demand our government work for them, instead of the corporations? In the past 10 years haven't we had enough examples of government incompetence, mismanagement and out right greed? Its time for a major change in the status quo to the point of an ousting of the traditonal regime and a government that truly works for the people instead of feeding off them.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Mark Saunders

    Get the General that gave orders during Katrina. Good public relations and great coordinator!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Diane

    Why don't we load those BP execs on a boat and take them out for a swim in the gulf, then treat them to a shrimp dinner

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  19. karen

    Obama is coming down Friday? FRIDAY? He should be on the Gulf now! here is nothign more important going on then this! Get with it NOW Obama. NOW. And to think, I actually voted for you! Never again.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Kevin p hahn

    The fed should seize bp's assets to prevent them from weasling out on there responsibiliy like exxon did in Alaska !

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Carrie

    Disasters bread innovation...burning 'some' of the oil coated wetland is not a bad idea. Ash is good for the garden and soil. It would regenerate in a season without thick oil. Forest fires are natural...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Chaney, La.

    Hey people before we get all indignant and holier than thou, we need to look in the mirror..... It is because we are hopeleesly addicted to oil that we are in this situation.... and Louisiana made a deal with the devil many years ago.....as far as oil is concerned. Everything is hunky dunky as long as all goes well, but when all hell breaks loose, everyone points fingers.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    OK so if "top kill" doesn't work and makes the situation even worse, does BP have a plan to deal with it?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Smith in Oregon

    Burning millions of tons of Coal to produce electrical power, releases a great deal of Radiation and Radioactive elements into the air and surrounding area. A great deal more than takes place across the entire Nuclear power plant fuel cycle. Coal contains small amounts of radioactive materials, when burned in mass that is all released into the environment.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Celeste

    Maybe we should all boycott BP to show them the American people are angry; (we all want to support the gulf shore states) and then PB might get it capped and clean up the entire mess. We all know the clean up will take decades. We also should all try to reduce the amount of energy we use!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  26. dan

    If BP could have sealed the leak before why didn't they do that first? instead of trying to "capture" the oil. That just is greed.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Chester

    Where is the largest and best Navy in the world?
    A Navy that can operate at any depths.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Jason

    BP seems only interested in recovering the oil. With how much damage this has caused, why don't they blow it shut?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Grant Stephen

    It's sad at the lack of expedient response from BP...the same plan they have for land wells, should also be available for ocean wells. Lets hope the top kill works. Thoughts are with LA.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  30. rod k

    why do us as american have to pay for bp mess we are paying enough if not more at the pumps

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  31. maria

    I agree. It seems obama is doing very like but promising alot. And bp is just jurking people around. I feel this might have been done on purpose. But i am not use of the reason why.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  32. Brad Neilley

    The whole situation in unfortunate and what is worse is solutions to help the situation are being offered but taking forever to implement. We have a oil-water separation system that will separate the oil from the water to help in clean up but still waiting to hear from someone.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Scott

    Louisiana residents are true patriots. They can't rely on their government, so they are prepared and open about taking matters into their own hands.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Aaron

    Anderson, you should raise some questions to all of the large mutual fund companies who are investing in BP, and inquire as to whether or not they intend to keep doing so.

    As a business, their primary concern to remain a business and be profitable, which is exactly why we need a government entity to take over who is willing to spare no expense for the clean-up

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    By the way for all us calling for not buying BP gas, remember there are private businesses (mom&dad shops) that live on the money from gas stations.

    Dont forget that gas stations also sell coffee and other stuff and you might not want to buy gas, but do buy other stuff from BP stations. Those families need to survive!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Cheryl Foster

    Anderson, BP states that they have only applied 600,000 Gallons if dispersant. The Live video clearly shows that there is more dispersant than oil...Please check it out!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Philippe Cousteau said that the oil that has been broken up is being absorbed into the skin of these animals. I wonder what effects that will have on their ability to breed and, although I am a vegetarian, on the people who end up eating them.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Britt

    I understand the frustration of of the fisherman and BPs apparant lack of response to clean up the oil. Why do the fisherman have to wait on BP? Why don't the local officials take their own steps and send BP the bill? It sounds like everyone is 'waiting on BP'!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Leon Terrell ASh

    Paul Revere, would have been helpful right now:!! THe BRITISH petroleum are coming!!! THE BRITISH petroleum are coming!!! Let us not forget that all the oil located in the gulf will be picked up by HURRICANES and dumped on the main land. BP knows exactly what they did to our country.!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Judy

    38 days and still no clue on what to do? I think part of the problem is BP is so afraid of looking bad they they tried so hard to keep all of us out of the loop, now its caught up with them. Why can't they all work together? And my biggest concern the poor wild life so many being murdered because of non existant game plan. BP SHAME ON YOU

    May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Barry

    Why weren't tankers deployed to
    Vaccum up the oil at the source (like the gentleman from Shell Oil suggested on Larry King Live). Instead of pouring disbursements into the ocean which did nothing but keep the oil from plain sight on the surface. maybe that was the objective of BP. (i.e Hide the real damage as Lon as possible)

    May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Harry Applin

    You need to review the Louisiana oil spill contingency plan. The Gov. is supposed to appoint a director. Alaska has a plan also.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Emily

    Has the EPA had anything to say about the disperants that are being used that should not be, or are they just sitting back letting BP continue with their "testing"?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Greg

    No, not yet anyway. BP has nothing to hide. They`re providing a live feed, and keeping everyone up to date as they try to stop the leak. The best of the best of Engineers are working on it. Everyones complaining of the loss in seafood industry. It was hurting anyway because ofv the slack in the economy. No ones spending the money out for expensive seafood fare. It just seems like an excuse to blame BP for an already slacking business.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Ron from PA

    Dispersants are a band-aid and a very poor one at that. That won't do squat to help alleviate this massive disaster! And BP has clearly shown that they are inept in knowing how to stop this massive gushing spill.

    It is time for the Obama Administration to at the very least insist that BP work with the Army Corp of Engineers and any other agencies and other corporations with the knowledge and ability to seal this major spill. Perhaps a combined effort will allow them to drill the relief wells in a matter of days instead of months.

    I can almost guarantee you that if BP didn't have a cap of $75 million on the amount they are legally liable for that they would find a way to drill those relief wells–and fast!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Libby

    Regardless of the situation, Anderson is on-scene keeping us informed. Thank you Anderson.. you rock! :o)

    May 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think it is goverment blames on BP their accountable.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Linda in Arizona

    Anderson, thanks for going down to the scene of the biggest ecological disaster in our history. Yes, it's a tragedy and a travesty. It's also a CRIME! The corruption in the oil industry and our government is finally coming to light. Obama is doing basically NOTHING. He doesn't want to "own" the disaster. It's appalling. Fire Allen. He's negotiating a job with BP when he retires shortly. He's also clueless. Like Billy said, if you can't help, get out of the WAY!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  49. rick miller jr

    honestly why is it that BP has to be acting so stupidly about saving our wildlife???? and the feds what are we waiting on ?? the government says there so powerful then show it!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA wake up buddy, it's your country show us you care!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Smith in Oregon

    Billy Nungesser is informed, believable and impressive, thank-you for bringing his informed personal viewpoint to AC360's line of guests. Continuing America's utter dependence on Big Oil is not cost effective, nor does it make any sense. Time to bail out from mass use of Gasoline and Diesel for America's mass transit. Time to phase out internal combustion engines and begin switching entirely to electrical motors.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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