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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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  1. Melissa

    What everyone needs to understand is just how far reaching this disaster is. It will affect our entire country and later on the world in the coming months. The only positive to come from it will be that we will finally learn and this never happens again! We must all share the blame for this; it is the price we pay for the way we live. So appalling how unprepared BP is!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Barbara

    I we were being bomed, ther entire administration and military would be on it.... this is no less a threat to our nation.... Take control Obamma, Deal with BP later, get the navy and our scientists down there to plug up the hole, and let the fishermen organized themselves and clean up the spill...pay them, then bill BP. Then we can prosecute after the immediate emergency is under control. Anyone against our Nations Admministration and military against taking contorl of this threat is guilty of treason...even if they are working for the administration or military or coast guard. This is horrible. We are being "raped" exploited, just like many other countries around the world by this coorporate tyrant.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Stephanie

    The government has been studying every aspect of the lead up to the explosion and will lay criminal charges if there is proof. You can't just charge someone without a case.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Phillipe

    I am from New Orleans. The events surrounding the oil spill are catastrophic. The oil spill will devastate communities below New Orleans ans will destroy the wetlands that are crucial to our hurricane protection. The oil companies dug countless canals that allowed salt water from the gulf to enter the fresh water swamps. The swamps in turn died thus accelerating greatly the pace of erosion. Louisiana has lobbied for decades for better oil royalties (as previously we received none until Katrina) and has lobbied for coastal protection. The oil spill will now add fuel to the pace of erosion of the coastline which will put many communities in danger. If a hurricane hits and the oil enters communties, some communities will be possibly be forced to be abandoned. Louisianians have sacrificed so much for this country in order to meet its energy and seafood demands, yet has gotten so little in return.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    @Barry, absolutely agree. It seems so many things could have been done weeks ago, very early, that could have made a huge difference.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Emily

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

    I really doubt it! From the posts by other bloggers over the past couple of days, the one thing that I think we can be sure that they "plan" is not to accept help from countries like Saudi Arabia & Canada; both of which have offered it in different ways and know about oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Ray

    If the top kill fails there is a sure way to permanently kill the well.
    Our Navy has access to very high power explosives, that if set off will vitrify the sand and seal the well.
    Even a small hydrogen or tactical nuclear explosion would destroy and seal the well. It is deep enough that any radiation wouldn't be a problem since the oil has already killed anything in the area of the well.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Chase W.

    Bp Needs to stop beating around the bush. while they take there sweet time and get to it. and wasnt BP given a time period to have to stop using the chemical they were using and switch to another one. To Mr.Nungesser Thank you For all your doing. Its About time someone steps up and does something.You Need To Run for Governor next time around. at lesast we will finally have somebody who cares and does what needs to be done in these times of disasters

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. christian schneider

    Arrest the criminals responsible for this mess and we might get some results, Incredible disasters take drastic measures to fix. I think the people of america want the executives heads on platters, I know I do. Our natural resources are being destroyed for ever and the parties responsible are not doing enough. Grab the 3 ceo's from these companies and hold them in contempt for mass murder of the environment. Lock them up! At least the people of america will feel that the government has conviction towards there suffering and anger over this miss-managed disaster. Better yet! Make all the upper level management clean the beaches, estuaries, marshes and all the wildlife. I still see that BP fat cat Tony whats his name, walking around in his crisp whites.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. jim

    Most, if not all the problems in this country, can be traced to one of two things: lack of regulation or the failure to enforce the regulations that do exist. By the time BP gets done the water in the gulf will have been displaced by oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. brian from pa

    Its all about the money in the end with BP.This is a sad time for for our costal friends.I fear the gulf may never recover.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Richard Esvang

    Where are you Mr. President? Where are you?! 30 plus days passed without your upfront leadership. We voted for yo, in part, because you would roll up your shirt sleeves and tackle problems head on-not send some low level minions down. I am so supportive of you but I am at the same time so disappointed in your command of this situation. It seems money was handed to the banks and auto companies quicker... Real folks are hurting. Get on TV and explain this to the nation!!! Don't be a George Will or George Bush!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. NMercado, Ph.D.

    It's excellent that Anderson Cooper is broadcasting right from the oil spill area. He was really instrumental in getting the word out on the Katrina disaster and how it was (or wasn't) handled too. Thanks Anderson!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Jonathan Foret

    There's a lot of confusion on the bayou right now. We have relied on the oil industry to provide a livelihood for many of our families, but at what cost? Our beautifully unique culture is at risk of being destroyed. We are a resilient people, but there is a sense of hopelessness here that I've never felt before. That is what truly scares me.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    BP, I am sure has a good # of days as a threshold where after that period they will just blow it (the well) up – Until then they will do all they can to see if they can recover any oil...like someone just said, pure greed!!!

    Those emails or documents proving that strategy and greed will come out one day if not today

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. carlos pacheco

    why they drop an infusion bomb and get it done once and for all and band this greedy people om doing this drilling on ocean thanks keep it simple

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Shawn Des Jardins

    Top kill will not work, there is too much pressure coming out. They should cut the pipe clean and slide another over that and let the oil go up the pipe to a tanker.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Diana Vaughan

    I am terribly disappointed over the lack of response to this environmental tragedy by our President and the Federal agencies that are charged to protect our environment. Their collective failure will have devastating consequences for our planet. We didn't learn anything from Katrina.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Sheila Carter

    Also where are our leaders Mr. Obama?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Pam (Toronto, Canada)

    I was extremely interested in the comments on your program tonight from the 2 mayors commenting on the effects of the BP oil spill in their parishes in Louisiana. I commend particularly the president from the parish-Mr. Nungegger-for his vehement comments to BP executives-in absolute agreement that it is time to bring in those with the expertise to deal and organize this recovery project and dismiss the BP executives from this environmental travesty. I hope that these men directly continue to influence those in power to change direction on the resolution of this environmental catastophe.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Chelsea

    It is time for Obama to step up and be a leader and get this taken care of. After a month with no result from BP, it is his duty to step up, move BP aside, and guide our country away from a disaster that will effect generations to come.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Paul

    Really I do not know what everyone is thinking Im no scientist but I can tell you as soon as day five went by I knew this who ordeal would kill claming, fishing, everyones livilyhoods in the fisheries and tourist dollars and those businesses out of business

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  23. stacia

    I'm from the mobile area and heard today that the reason bp has been so slow to act is if they fix it without another well in place they lose the lease on that oil location. Is there anything to that?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  24. Rod, Largo Fl.

    Anderson, Arrange for the President to meet Billy.

    Mr. President, PUT BILLY IN CHARGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. TR

    Why is BP being allowed to continue to use the toxic dispersant?
    Why have not huge tankers been brought in to vacuum the oil from under the surface?
    Why have not all the small boat owners been used to vacuum oil from the surface?
    Why was the tower not kept in place, even when the valve clogged with ice? Could they not have secured it to the sea bed with deep spikes?
    I can't understand why action isn't just taken, instead of waiting for some elusive permission from some unknown source?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Annie

    The reason BP is stalling on using tankers to pick up the spilled oil is that oil and salt water makes toxic waste. It's not just oil any more, its TOXIC WASTE, and very expensive to pick up. The same thing happened in Alaska after the Exxon-Valdez spill; we on the ground experienced the same kind of confusion now felt in the gulf until this truth came out and cleared the air.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Steve

    Has anyone ben checking the BP cam? It is a totally different view to the CNN camera. There appeared to be a blow out earlier today. There is a lot of action with robotic arms going on now at the BP cam and has been for almost an hour. Lots of disruption down there. Can some one check to see if this is the top kill in action?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Good Evening Anderson and crew! WoWzA on Anderson's commencement speech! Bravo! Even I will remember that speach!
    About the poison to stop the oil. How utterly stupid! How many times can we crap in our own nest and survive? ridiculous~

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  29. John Taylor

    Bring in some tankers and industrial vacuums and suck it up.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Stephanie

    You can't blow up the site. It will just make the hole larger and the spill worse.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. David

    Like I've been saying they didn't want to loose this well and tried to save it and they will not admit it. If this top kill doesn't work they need to demo the pipe like a building. Drill down the side of the pipe and set explosions off from the bottom of the well up to the top to the blow out preventer. Either way it has be brought to a close! This is very sad I know this area very well.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Glenn Stevens

    How come there was not emergency plans in place for any type of emergency before any drilling was even allowed to be done ? This is something that effects the entire world. That is just wrong!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Sal Giandinoto, Ph.D.

    Here is a very plausible solution to the Gulf oil spill crises: Organize a US government program to hire US Citizens to assist in the cleanup effort and process. Once the US Citizens are hired to clean up the gulf, they could be paid by the newly formed US Agency who could then bill BP for their time and effort on an hourly, weekly or monthly basis. This will also help the high unemployment rate at the same time as helping to clean up the mess in the gulf.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Hamon

    BP executives are wealth idiots. BP could have used a balloon method to block the oil pipe then secondly fill the pipe with concrete. This leak should been stopped weeks ago.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Lynn

    What is it with Louisanna, and administrations always dropping the ball when this area is in trouble? Still recovering from Katrina, now this...would this be ignored as long as it has been had it happened in Malibu> Me thinks...NOT!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That's neglect and then BP want to believe that we are picking on them!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Sheila Carter

    What if there is too much pressure after all they canno see all of the sunken ship, what if it blows the rest of the oil out of the water? A great possibility?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Mike Brand

    The media is having a field day with all the propaganda type reporting. All I hear is BP BP BP. Everyone has a duty to help in this issue and there are other companies involved in this disaster. 80% of all products you use in your daily lives are made of that oil that your demanding companies like BP to drill for so we don't have to buy from foreign countries. EPA and the government has approved all actions that BP is performing right now. Its time the media tells the truth and all these perish president to stop fishing for money and pick up a shovel and get to work.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't know, Jo Ann, what the effects will be. I do know that most of us go along, using products, etc., so we are all part of the problem. I think it's a wee bit excessive to put all the blame on BP or even on the gov't. I think we all bear some responsibility.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  40. William

    You would think that all of the BIG DOGS in the oil and gas industry would have already volunteered to run out there and get this well stopped not only to save the planet but to save there industry.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    I'll never understand how this dispersant is being used,,and its banned elsewhere.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. toni stern

    I consider this to be a case of Enviormental Terrorism!
    I think BP should be prosecuted!!! this is a Crime, and generations
    will be affected by the blatent disregard of our Planet!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Emily

    I honestly can't believe that BP or any other org. has not been prepared for this! They should always "Be Prepared" for possibilities that could happen, with at least one or two options.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Martin

    A former BP executive sits on the board of Nalco, the manufacturer of Corexit. The two versions of this chemical being used on the spill are banned in the UK because they are damaging to sealife.

    BP should be forced to comply. Why are we allowing BP to tell us what they will do and wont do. They are respnisible

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole – i'm sorry, in my remarks to you i meant 35!! days (not 3).

    I am deeply concerned about this so called top kill working. If the pressure of the leaking well is too great, could it make the well explode and make it bigger?

    Does anyone know?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Carrie

    "Top Kill" might work, but who will ever know? They are turning off the live feed. Is someone going down 5,000 feet to witness? Just move the camera, turn it back on a nice sandy bottom. Who's keeping them honest?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  47. Petra Meyer

    How come virtually nothing is being said about President Obama wanting to keep offshore drilling as part of our nation's energy policy? I find that amazing! Does he get how this offshore drilling project could end up destroying the Gulf of Mexico?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Mark

    BP needs to stop the poor communication. They really do not provide us with enough information. Considering this is such an environmental tragedy, there should be multiple daily updates.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Stephanie

    The republicans keep blocking the bill to raise the amount of liability that bp must pay.

    The best team of scientists from around the world and from other oil companies are all working on trying to solve this problem. It is obviously in their best interest as countires around the world have put moatoriums on off shor drilling.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Patricia

    My goodness, Maybe some other agency can help with this from another nation. Realizing that this current plan may not work, this is a good time to ask other nations that are involved in trade with the US in regard to fishing to help. Obviously, the US has not a real clue as to what to do.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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