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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soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. George

    Our President needs to step up and take control of this. He has got to take a leadership role in this. He has failed.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Sorry, but I think Obama is just not competent enough to deal with a situation like this. He is voting "present" again.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. NMercado, Ph.D.

    I read some articles from Mexico and they are fearing this spill may get to their coasts and to the coasts of Cuba as well...This is not to mention our other states like Florida...I'm really so upset about this situation...two other oil spills have been reported also; off the coast of Sri Lanka and on the pipeline in Alaska...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Martin

    Where is Obama... he needs to get his but down to the Gulf and get his hands dirty. This is fundamental. I don't see any pressure being put on BP.. All we see is big talk and weak actions.
    This is such a same... the Gulf is dieing and the actions taken to date have been slow and infective.

    Who the heck is in charge... we need the best people on the planet called in to help. There should true leadership... Where is Obama ?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  5. andrew from harrisburg pa

    Florida and louisaianna are now getting ready for the storms What will happen when the first storm hits and all the oil; that we dont even fathom that is down in the bottom of the sea all comes up on all the coastlines. What will the government say then and what will happen to all the people who live off the ocean.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Paul

    Excuse me we were coming for "FREE" people didnt even know what to do, how bout those roads that you could not get in or out of, we might have helped just a tiny bit but for a very long time no one went anywhere, just to help bury a Louisianan, unburry someone alive, open a road for water, We EVEN had two truck load...excuse me "truck loads" "two", but NO ONE wanted the help. IT was not just the govt but the people in charge before the government even entered the picture.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Kurtis Lawson

    This issue has become a world problem. This oil is not just going to stay in the gulf it is going to float around the whole world and hurt every coast around the world not just north america. The end product of this oil spill is going to much worse than anyone speculates. BP or whomever get the ball rolling you are destroying the world.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Celeste

    I also want to comment that preparations for this kind of problem should have been planned BEFORE the leak. I'm sure they (BP) have some preparations but obviously not enough to mitigate the problem. Nobody wants more government, but this is a case where we must have more rules in place before they are allowed to drill.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  9. david fielding

    i have worked in heavy industry including the nuclear industry for 50 years and it is my considered opinion that only a miracle of the highest order would be required for top kill to be effective in plugging the leaking well.the physical size of the pipework and clearances between components will preclude success

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Oil Cleanup – As seen on AC360 – the low tech cleanup solution of Straw.
    what happen to this idea?
    or was it the chemical Companies can't make $$ on low tech solutions.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Ann

    Sitting up here in Canada, far away from this catastrophic event that no one wants to take the blame for, shaking my at the fact that you are referring to this as as "oil spill" – there is no spill, its an "oil spew"!!! 36 days of red tape, finger pointing nonsense!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  12. James Reynolds

    Emily, you couldn't be more correct. We see the same thing after every natural / unnatural disaster. So much help offered from other nations, and our government (Democrat AND Republican) refusing that help and knowledge.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Well, it would help if they knew what their employees were doing. Take for example the MMS. They are part of this government and they were literally asleep at the wheel.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Tammy Webb

    Why dont the people take matters into their own hands and quit waiting on all these officials. You have to eat today and tomorrow. All the dispursments that are sitting around reminds me of the ice trucks that were sitting around the country after katrina. Sometimes in life you have to take matters into your own hands and deal with the consequences later.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Beth

    Good evening. I saw one post that mentioned hurricanes, and wish to comment that a hurricane would be the worst horrific event to occur if it happened this year. A hurricane would carry the oil inland, and oil would cover and kill vegitation and animals wherever it landed. Picture our houses, cars, boats, buildings, everything with a coat of oil, and the devistation would be unbelievable. (not to mention the air polution causing respiratory and other health problems, and also death to humans. This spill is also global, it has the potential to be carried in the Gulf Stream to the northeast coast, and beyond. Wake up America, this is deadly serious, and we need to do something about it.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Joe Gronostaski

    Time to freeze BP assets and feds to take over and congress to step up to the plate .

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Ali

    Oh how sad. The oil spill. It is not only up setting for local people also for America. Our children and children's children will see the after math. How we as Americans are so selfish. We have to have our oil! What beautiful land God entrusted us with and we treat it like this? This is sad for all the future generations. My prayers and concern are on this issue.

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

    This country is the most powerful in the world because it has a voice which is made of millions. It is not one voice that the higher ups need to start listening to, but thousands. For it is that many, and so many more, that have been affected by this horrible and unacceptable event. Set politics aside, bench the egos and corporations, and take action in a speedy and organized way. Start listening and doing, stop talking; work together.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,

    I agree with you about Billy Nungesser, & learning more from Ed would be a good thing with these Dispersants, esp with what the EPA is doing... it's really sad for all the people there. Glad that you've been able to see AC360. You've been missed on the Blog!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Madeline

    I agree with your guests comment on tonight show – why couldn't BP be Multi-task in the clean up instead of just focusing on the Leak!! Also Shell Oil – BP has tankers that could be cleaning up now!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ oAnn-N. Royalton

    I agree with you. I too am concerned about the top kill working.

    And, what plan is in place if it doesn't ? I haven't heard Anything about plans for the future. Would be nice if Someone has a plan.

    This is an unmitigated disaster, and i genuinely hope there will be criminal charges against BP related to how this "accident" was allowed to happen.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Carrie

    The President must take charge of this. BP is a foreign owned company. This is a US disaster. I am not happy with the White House approach at all!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  23. KarinAnn

    No matter where you live in this country, if you love the water, if you love the ocean, if you consume seafood, if you care about our enviroment; you should care and pay close attention to what is going on with this horrible situation... Thank-You CNN, for caring!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  24. jason mugford

    I don't know a lot about stoping oil leaks but i have been thinking if you put somthing like a big air balloon down into the floor bed ,straight up to the surface with a pipe valve or something at the top and by pumping it into a tanker and allowing it to filter into may do the trick for now.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  25. steve

    It is sad we can pick up a 100 yr old cup off the titanic but not be able to stop this craziness!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  26. Paul

    We didnt think of anything other than helping Louisians at least make a hole to live in for "FREE", after two weeks of hasseling, YES hasseling we were finally told by the worst parish in authority that they didnt need "Pennsylvania" to come here and take job from our people

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  27. stacia

    I think it's past time for the gov to step in with active leadership/direction....get a plan in action and bill BP. That way BP is still held responsible for the cleanup, we aren't breaking laws, and something is getting done.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Ed Hummel

    Try taking a large Balloon Inserting it into a tube ..and then into the leak.Using the submersibles. Use a plunger shaft to push the balloon into the pipe from the ship above pump Concrete into the Balloon ... expanding it to fill the pipe. then cap it off.
    this way the concrete can harden And the oil can't mix with it preventing from being pushed out by the oil..

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  29. John Paul


    What is the toxicity of the materials in the "mud" which BP is using for the "top kill?"

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Chelsea

    Top Kill hopefully will work. The ocean controls the whole chemistry of the planet. If this continues to not be taken care of, it could effect everyone all over the world, even offshore.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    How can BP even think they can pay off the people affected by this oil geyser? They don't have any idea how long this will last or what the long term effects will be.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Louis

    Anderson..There are thousands of trained workers standing by doing nothing in Pascagoula MS. They have boom, skimmers, boats etc..I am one of them and all we do is sit around doing nothing.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  33. andrew from harrisburg pa

    Anderson PLease ask What will the government say and the public when we get oput first storm and all this oil comes up all over the gul and east coast more then anyone can fathom. This is a terrible mess.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Mad Willie

    Glad you are there. Where is everyone else? Obama is silent, the Coast Guard is in bed with BP and the EPA is a joke, The MMS and oil well and drilling inspectors should be lined up and arrested. I think the government has been in bed with the oil companies to long.

    The Obama, the Coast Guard and the other government entities have turned the oil spill into another Katrina.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  35. Sean in Louisiana

    If BP wasnt so worried about getting the oil from the well to make their money, the would allow another company like Shell or Exxon to drill the relief well and focus all their attention on containing this. When this is all said and done BP will just walk away with a slap on the wrist, and the people along the Gulf will have to deal with this for decades to come!!! Where is the damn President!!!!!! After all this is our country isnt it.......

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Diane Berube Canada

    If the corruption wasn’t happening maybe someone would have been paying attention to more...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Jan Davidson

    I supported Obama but at this moment he has Lost my vote. He is
    here, in CA, attending a damn fundraiser when he should be there
    in LA addressing this disaster. I am not a Bushie, but at least he
    got to Katrina before 35 days. I am sad beyond words and really
    Pissed at Obama. Where is he when they need him?!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  38. John

    Anderson, great see you are in Louisiana. The government should have take BP from the case from the first week. Who is supervising all the activities of BP? If capping the leak doesn't work I hope they could immediately test something else and not let nature wait another month or more. Its hard to imagine.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Kathy

    A friend of mine returned from Louisiana today after flying down to help from IN. It was her second trip down, the first being a week of 12 hr. training. She could not work because she would not sign a contract with BP. It would be interesting to see one of these contract.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Dr. Bill

    Our government is composed of lawyers and social scientists while the present Gulf oil problem is an engineering problem needing to be addressed by competitent engineers. It is a hydraulics problem easily modeled by state of the art models and computing resources which can determine the effects of any fix prior to spending the time and resources to do the failed "experiments" done so far. Obama should assemble a tiger team of engineering experts to work the problem and recommend a solution. It certainly would not take the 30 some days that have passed so-far. When will our politications wake up and be humble enough to get help from the knowledgeable?

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

    I forgot to say that I think you are doing a great job at keeping them honest. Anderson, you are the best!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  42. Bob

    well,this oil issue is an example of human ignorance and arrogance which our beautiful earth is being punished by and only god knows why.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  43. David Turner

    Top Kill sounds great but performing it at 5000 feet and never been done...I give it 30 %

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Don Soucy

    Why so little mention of BPs long string of criminal convictions, fines and sentences for environmental and safety violations?

    These guys are criminals and do whatever they want.

    Who accepts responsibility for their continued misdeeds?

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

    As I have said since the explosion, if BP didn't have a plan on how to stop a leak at 5,000 feet, they should not have been allowed to drill at that depth. The government should not have permitted it, especially from a company with such a crappy safety record.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Jim

    If we want to get BP's attention, then do so economically. Seriously! Why are people still driving into BP stations to buy gas? As soon as the person in Marietta, GA or Wilkes-Barre, PA share the same outrage with this disaster (and act on it) as the people of the Gulf Coast then BP will find it acceptable to move at the pace they've moved over the past 30+ days. If all of us decide not to spend our money to buy their products that leak will get stopped some way, some how.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  47. kenneth stowell

    hello, anderson. from norhtern mich. my comment is this. the state or local govement should do the following! all the prisoners that we are paying for. why don,t they let the non volent ones CLEAN UP THIS MESS NOW! also is there any way someone who wants to help clean the animals with dawn dish soap. I would like to help? thanks for listening.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Nancy

    I have only one question... Where are the supertankers?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Helen

    The government has no role in BP. We have to remember, we don't want government in private business.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Jeff

    Republican here that is disappointed in the conservative response. This is devastating to the Gulf Coast and the country. This region will not be the same in our lifetime!! Those who say/said that the oil would break down naturally are just idiots. Look at what has come ashore and it is only the tip of the iceberg. Let us all pray that the top kill works.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
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