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. MianBear

    BP'S Truth is like Oil for eventually it RisesTo The Surface

    May 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  2. Emily

    @Eric Peterman, re your 1st solution that you mentioned...

    "Solution #1: Detonate a bomb on the leak"

    Don't you think that it would cause even more environmental damage?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Bruce

    The goverment needs to stay out of the oil business, it would be a nightmare. I work in the oilfield and BP needs the time to try the top kill or anything else they can come up with, it will work if they can get enough of cement to stay in the hole.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. charles smith

    I agree with David Gergen, Obama needs to drop everything or have Biden drop everything and "get er done" I have a real problem with a foreigner in charge of saving our marshes. I think the people down there have the right idea, take charge and save their livelihood.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    As usual, David G and Mr. Brinkley are right.

    Although the President had his appropriate Fed. Depts. involved with the situation early, it has Never been clear WHo is in charge?

    It is time for Pres. Obama to lead this Nation and let BP know how serioius this Nation is about the oil spill. And. for God's sake give us a plan for the future!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  6. Dana in North Carolina

    It is truly disgusting that the residents have to wait to get approval from BP. BP does not have to wait until the sun comes up to start the process. That is why we have lights.

    The State of Louisiana needs to order disbursement products themselves and get moving on this. What will BP do? Press charges? Please......BP has proven their word is worthless. Furthermore, stop blaming the President for this foolishness. He cannot be held responsible for everything that happens in this country. He took over a complete mess and everyone knows it. He did not set the rules that are in place over this. That was Dick Chaney!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  7. michelle

    Breaking News on Twitter says the president will have
    something to say on Thursday about the oil spill. I think
    the Top Kill is BP's last chance after that the feds will
    take over even if it is successful.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  8. Judi

    You and your guests are doing a great service to the Gulf Coast tonight! Our government's lack of action is so disappointing to me, it is up to you in the media to keep holding their feet to the fire! It sickens me how long this has gone on with basically no one knowing what they are doing, we are a very smart nation, surely someone can figure out how to stop this oil gush into our beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Thank you again Anderson!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Barbara

    They are putting robots down there...but they are not down there....the Navy can actually physically go down there and do something....I wonder if they are using this catastrophy as an exuse to experiement with thier technology......

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Ed Reeve, St Louis, MO

    Why do we still need more off-shore oil wells? I believe we don't. This nation should be focusing on creating fossil fuel free jobs; wind and solar. It also seems to me that we've forgotten the repetitive excuse from the entire oil industry that the reason for high gasoline prices for the last couple of years is not the shortage of crude, but the shortage of refineries. They've repeatedly said it's a refinery shortage because none have been built in many, many years.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Jeff Storms

    Whether they get the well capped or not, the minute the first hurricane comes into the gulf, there will be oil spray-painted all across various states which will kill off crops, livestock, pollute fertile soil and contaminate fresh and ground water. There is no way all the oil can be cleaned up by then, and yet I haven't heard one person talk about this real senario on any news show. This is going to kill our economy in so many ways other than just the marine aspect.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  12. Chelsea

    This is an environmental disaster that is not only effecting the coastline, but the economy, families, lives, jobs, marine life, biosphere, carbon dioxide, the planet's chemistry...the list is endless. Does anyone realize that what happens to the ocean, happens to us? This is an emergency, and it is time that someone steps up and leads this country out of a disaster that is bound to affect generation after generation.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Martina

    I want to know who gave a foreign company the right to drill to that particular depth? Whatever department from the U.S did so, . I want them all fired and brought up on criminal charges along with BP and Haliburton for criminal negligence that caused the murder of 11 workers and destroyed the Gulf ..Divers can not even find any part of their bodies so their families can bury them...how sad

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "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."

    If they did that they would be admitting what we already know, that they are incompetent.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  15. andrew from harrisburg pa

    Why is it that no one has even mentioned about a storm and the effects that will happen when that storm happens. has no one even thought of that. All these governm. officials and bp what will they have to say then when the world sees the huge oil damage to all the coast lines here.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  16. michael clark

    manpower, I recall that there is roughly 12 to 15 million illegals. Offer a min. 5 year clean up/restoration rewarded with amnesty, Follow up with BP paying for development of work camp new community with free hospital and free university with studies focusing on relationship with Nature etc.

    As far as the leak how about borrowing a nuclear sub. using the line of sight with the torpedo tubes, using as possible plugging. Thinking outside the box.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  17. rick sager

    I may have missed an answer to this question because I can only stand to watch so much of this mess before I switch channels. How much oil is contained in this well? It seems like it could go on forever when I watch T.V. And then I wonder, why if there is so very much oil from this one well, why are we doing so much business with Arabia?

    Will this go on for weeks, months or years before it runs dry? Then why can't we manage place more lines to pump it into more ships? Enough to lessen our paying foreign countries prime rates when there's so much from just this one well. How many other wells are being underpumped?

    To me it seems like 12 cars waiting in line at a gas station to use one pump. So there are several pumps to handle 12 cars at once. So what would happen if they don't seal it? I'm joking but will it eventually flood the entire earth with oil?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jan Davidson. You're seeing why experience does matter as much as judgement.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Jacques

    We Canadians are thinking of you in these difficult times. We need to pressure the big companies into taking responsibility for their actions and make them pay! All they care about is money and greed! The lively hood of your people are at stake. President Obama must not make the same mistakes that George W. did!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  20. David, Indiana

    @Starr yes BP is the primary legal party and the federal govt that issued the permit is the other primary legal party here.

    Thank you for the description of the ways BP has to try to plug the well from David Mattingly. Can we get into the details of how the BOP is being checked before they shoot the mud in to stop the leak and seal the well.

    Worriesome rept about MMS regulators and the oil industry. MMS and the industry bedding down obviously. Member of congress have to declare all gifts and decline many why not MMS employees?

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

    i have been working with off shore down hole problems for years, 17 to be exact, and from what i have been told about this incident, with the high downhole pressure at bop, i think we are all trying some hail mary fixes with no sure fixes, yes we need to try everything we can, this situation should of never got to this point, i now think we will only have a ten percent chance of stopping it with the frac mud , but you never know....

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  22. Bricher John-Patrick

    Hello Anderson ,has anybody thought what could be the consequences if a massive quantity of that oil mix runs into the Gulf Stream.As much as I know,the well fonction of the Gulf Stream depends on its stable density of salt water and finally for when could the next Ice edge be pronostated for us in Europe because no Gulf Stream means scandinavian climat for all of us ,Spain included???

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  23. karen Mahoney

    so basically we have a hose with multiple holes. If we cement the first hole, why are we not worried about the other existing holes bursting!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Andy

    It seems like a British Big Oil company has so much influence over Washington. I'd like to see some boys in Washington be swimming in the oil infested area so they can have a feel of it. I'm wondering what the response would be if this was a Chinese company?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Helen

    I thought this was a free market, no regulations country. Government should not intervene, When did that change?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Jill

    Good evening Anderson, gerat work as always.
    Why do I feel this is something that has been destened to happen for decades. Our countiued greed for oil, makes the oil companies( US and overseas). Go deeper and deeper, without any plans for what to do if anything! like in this case goes wrong. We are all to blame here Anderson I feel. Now what do we do to stop this? A great deal of people in this country are crying that there is too big a goverment! however its ironic that people call on that goverment to act and do something in times of trouble. So let the goverment take over with the national guard and all goverment agencies, and deal with this.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  27. kris

    The people down here in south louisiana are blue collar workers. They know how to role up their sleeves and go to work. This is basically what they want to see in their president.
    They want to know that they have a leader who can and will role up his sleeves and that their leader cares. They are itching to get to work to protect their lives and homes. Thank you for finally giving this some coverage!
    As one who watches the horror unfold every day the coverage beyond the 6pm news is more than welcomed!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Paul

    So again Im very sorry for the people but I cant believe the wildlife not to mention the landscape EVERYTHING will be gone for the next 20 years! They probably will never get this leak fixed then we cannt even begin to say what a economic collaspe this will cost just in our country needed any item that came from not ONLY Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Bahama's, etc, etc.,
    "Our Nation Is In Trouble With This Mess"!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  29. nora

    This is so sad. I hope BP loses every penny of profit and and also the power they seem to have over everyone. They deserve to go out of business. I will never buy BP gas again. Hopefully this will push our government to invest more in green energy ideas and quit being in with big oil. Thanks for your coverage Anderson.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Lauren Pittsburgh

    Why can't they load up several barges of rocks, other materials and to try to dump the loads over the well to atleast make a effort to stop the oil. "Iknow it is a mile deep" but it is an idea, better than what they are doing now.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  31. Emily

    All of those that want to "protest/boycott BP", Do you all know which company you are getting your oil from? If you go to a auto shop to get an oil change, do you know which company or companies supply them with oil?
    As much as I agree with you(s), is it really possible to "boycott" BP alone?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Fran from Jersey

    What a fantastic report. Imagine, all these capable people volunteering to help and they are never called, just left to watch and wait as oil destroys their lives. And where is management? The people who get paid millions to be managers? The people who get paid bonuses when it's the scenario, not their skills, that turn profits. I think it's clear they have no skills, they've just been lucky. And when their luck runs out? I think it's clear where they are, MIA. The earth is bleeding.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Smith in Oregon

    @ Beth, thank-you for reading my comment regarding the upcoming Hurricanes which might move thru the Gulf of Mexico. YES, crude Oil is toxic, poisonous and many petrol-chemicals are carcinogenic which is like a hazard waste dump stretching for a thousand miles for at least the next 50 years.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  34. David Turner

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

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  35. LP

    It is sure a travesty and disaster...The president should be giving Louisiana more help..The seafood industry and peoples ways of lives will change forever...It is just so sad and it just breaks my heart..Louisiana is a beautiful place,,

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point!!!!!! Agreed!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Didn't everyone say that Bush used Katrina as a photo-op? This is exactly what Obama is doing with the oil spill.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  38. jerry

    I dont know why anyone is surprised about the lack of response.
    Obama is no different than Bush when it comes to the environment.
    ANWR is now open to drilling. All in the name of compromise.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Darren

    Great job Anderson. I wish some of the folks at BP and the White House would use just half of the urgency that you have protrayed.
    As far as the "top kill", not sure it's going to work. There is great deal of pressure that the "mud" and to permeate in order to "kill" the flow of the oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Harry Parker

    The most important thing to BP is that hole and making sure there is one when this leak is stopped. Be it the "relief hole" or just saving the one thats leaking. I swear I think they could have stopped it the next day if they just had to plug it. A ruined Gulf will be easy to get permission to drill in. Too much of a conspiracy theory? I dont think so.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Although he's not to be blamed,,I agree that President Obama needs to talk to the American people more about this crisis. If anything it may give some comfort to the people.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Libby

    The Minerals Management Agency is disgusting and has been in bed with Big Oil for the past 9 years.

    In Anchorage where I am, the state director of Minerals Management, John Goll, brought a cake into the Anchorage MMM Headquarters last week to mock Secretary Salazar's decision to separate and reorganize their agency that had "Drill Baby Drill!" written on it.

    The calls for his resignation have been unbelievable here!!! :O

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  43. airiel quintana

    I really don't think it will, None of their solutions have thus far because they seem too simplistic. There has to be a more effective way to stop this leak, perhaps it's costly and that's why it isn't being presented. Furthermore,I feel that the concerns of many in this country are being ignored and marginalized for the interests of big business. Just because these Louisiana Politicians speak with an accent does not mean they think with one. They need to be heard. BP needs to listen.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  44. andrew from harrisburg pa

    you are all comparing this to katrina this is going to be 200 percent worse then that when a storm comes and brings this all up to the service

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  45. Stephanie

    How many shores and people's lands have American companies destroyed to satisfy Anerican's desire for more and more oil...4% of the population using 20% of the oil.

    The gov't is supervising bp; the gov't doesn't have the equipment needed to solve this; if the gov't had taken over bp could have walked away from the financial results of anything the gov't may have done in an attempt to stop the leak.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Barbara, the problem with the Navy taking control is that they don't have the knowledge or equipment to do any better. However, I hope we have solicited help from other oil companies.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  47. brian from pa

    BP and our government are both incompitent clowns who can do nothing but pass the buck and point fingers.BP cares about money and their shareholders nothing else.BP is destroying our coast and I dont think they really care that much.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  48. Gretchen

    Get off of Obama this is not his fault

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  49. Theresa - Mississippi

    Why do republicans suddenly think the government should take over and fix what the private corporations have messed up? Drill baby drill and government is the problem is their mantra until the bottom falls out.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  50. Sharon Hastings

    So well said by David Gergen (as usual). And I like his plan for aggressive action in seeking help from outside BP as well as coordinating the efforts. Please, please hurry.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
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