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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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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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  1. paul of louisiana

    the BP oil tragergy has not only affected the fishermen of south louisiana.i am an offshore mechanic and have been out of work since may,7 2010 due to the platform i was assigned to was shut in because of this oil spill. there are thousands of people who work in the gulf of mexico besides our fishermen who are not work ing at this time. my question is why hasnt our side of this tragey been told?
    thank you
    paul

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  2. jerry

    @danielle
    This is not at all about regulating business.
    The disaster has happened. I oppose most government intervention in private business but remember BP does NOT own the waters they are polluting.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Alicia Farnum (NYC)

    I'm glad some progress is being made, but what about the wildlife? When they figure that out, what about the devestated land? The Mississippi? Louisiana?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Alyssa Martinez

    Since the crude oil and corexit is so toxic, why is no one wearing respirator masks?! Why are they not taking care of the workers and residents? Who's watching the EPA?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Paula S

    Big Question:

    Anderson, the Fed government could be paying fishermen and other Louisianians who are out of work because of this catastrophe to do cleanup. They have boats, they have booms. They need gas money, they would work for wages, they know the wetlands. But the government appears to be sitting on it's hands. Could the inaction be because the GOVERNMENT OUT OF MONEY?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. Sarah

    This disaster is depressing and terrifying. Look at how the human negligence in this situation has resulted in an environmental catastrophe on the order of disturbing the stability of life on this planet, from plankton to people. This was preventable! People need to wake up and prioritize safety over convenience. If we're not more careful, we'll have to order the largest "darwin award" in history, for ourselves.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Roger

    Witihin President Obama's command there must another General Russel Honroe. Put that person in charge.

    One question that I have not heard asked is what if one or both of the relief wells also blows out. Remember Einstein's definition of insanity.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Brandon Boyd, Henderson NC

    The President's approval rating is 51% reguarding this matter.. So ONLY 49% of American DISAPPROVE of the way the administration is handling this disaster??? ... I find that strange!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Libby

    Paula .... BP, not the US. Government, will be footing the bill.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Marisa

    Thank you Anderson for having this chat available. I am going to end my comments now before I say something I am sorry for saying. This whole situation has been making me quite upset.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Nicole The Netherlands

    Why can't the government start testing these dispersants, and then apply the best they can find... And send the bill to BP?!

    Good night everyone! Good show, hope AC will stay in Lousiana..
    And keep it honest..
    Sleep well Emily and Starr, Megan, bloggers

    May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    @ Starr good question about topkill process possibly making the leak worse.

    Great discussion with David Gergen and Douglas Brinkley. There does seem to be a need for better coordination, how does the national incident command respond?

    So the oil has made it around to southwestern Louisana according to that rept by Rob Marciano. There does have to be a plan to deal with the possibility of oil coming ashore for months at a time with the undersea oil cloud. This right now is a vulnerable time for wildlife, but how will wildlife be affected if there are continuing waves of oil coming ashore? What is the overview of how the spill is being collected, boomed, burned off?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  13. brian from pa

    Drill baby drill huh?..........yeah its working out just great isnt it.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Libby

    Nancy in Oregon,

    Brazil and Norway both have emergency shut-off devices that are mandatory to their deep oil rigs. BP, because of the lenient laws that were written and re-written over the last decade DID NOT have these safety features in place. 🙁

    May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. mark formerly known as mark

    Why is BP getting all the hate here. There is enough to go around. Where was the EPA emergency response. Where were the oil booms, the controlled burns, where was the plan that should have been in place for this very scenario. No disaster plan? The Federal Government stands to blame just as much as Transocean Ltd. who owned the rig, and BP as the party leasing the rig. Obama tried to distance himself from this but he can't. Now he's quick to claim BP will pay for everything, but who's the Bureaucrat that forgot to draw up the disaster plan. Heads are gonna roll and the US citizens will end up paying for this disaster too. Stupid politicians.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Mike

    Why isn't BP making sure that the people who's livelihoods are being threatened are getting paid? They should have had that program going from the outset of this tragedy.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Malcolm

    As a supporter of Obama, I am concerned deeply at his lack of leadership. If there is one thing he should know by now, its that the American People expect him to lead fearlessly. We don't need pragmatics. Be our voice Obama...seize BP's assets and show them what trouble they really are in!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It's the natural environment!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Harry Parker

    Is BP being fined at all for this by the EPA or some other government agency? BP and all big oil learned a long time ago to pay everyone off as quickly as possible and pour whatever you have to on the oil to keep it at sea and off the news. The dispersents are probably worse than the oil. It just makes it look better.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  20. NMercado, Ph.D.

    We should keep in mind that President Obama just got into office. The oil companies and MMS have been doing business for a while under republican politicians... The President has given BP a chance. I've read that he's very upset about this. He's going to Louisiana on Friday. Lets see how he handles this after wards...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Emily

    It's great that you are putting the word out for New Orleans Anderson!
    I think that many people NEED to hear that... these photos, and the lack of response of the Gov over 30+ days...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Frank Reiss

    I'm not sure where to begin, so I'll begin at the end. Eventually the leak will be plugged, or the oil will have leaked completely out. Either way, the disaster will be unprecedented. Welcome to the new paradigm, a world where life in Louisiana and the Gulf changed overnight. I am saddened by the fact that life has changed as we know it, there is no denying it. When you watch the frantic efforts underway, you realize how fragile the world is. I hope the efforts will eventually prove fruitful, I want humanity to learn from this. God help us all.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nancy in Oregon, "sadly animals don't come anywhere near first for many humans, in all sorts of situations."

    Isn't that always the case? Luckily there are people who care. the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, out of Delaware, and the International Bird Rescue Research Center, out of California are there and they are two of the most qualified in the world. They specialize in rehabilitating oiled birds.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  24. steven cox

    I pray that the drilling mud they are going to use does not freeze up like the top hat did!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Paula S

    Big Question:
    Anderson, the Fed government could be paying fishermen and other Louisianians out of work because of this to do cleanup. But they aren't. IS THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF MONEY and that's why they are not doing much?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Tom

    Home Property Value$ are going to drop along the Gulf – Will BP pay this ?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Marisa

    I think BP should be disbanded – or are they "too big to fail"?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David – Indiana

    I only wanted to try and make it clear as to Who should bear the brunt of the costs of the disaster.
    You bring up excellent concerns re: MMS

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Sal in ocean springs, ms

    Hurry – the wait is killing too many living things. 36 days – is ruining America's shoreline, lives and too much to mention on a blog!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Chris

    President Obama I believe you need to forget about political strategy and get down to the gulf now. The Hill, owned by big oil.
    Mr. Obama and his team need to put as much effort into this crisis as they did with health care.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    This just boggles the mind to think of the impact and ripple affect this disaster has caused. It's sad when you think of whats going to be left for the next generation.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Danielle

    I’m curious how conservatives, who are constantly rallying against government regulation in business, can turn around and blame this administration for not responding to the disaster fast enough…a disaster caused by BP.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  33. jerry

    This deep sea drilling was another compromise. Most states would rather push oil rigs away from the coast as far as possible.
    The only real solution is to stop using fossil fuels.
    Unfortunately, gas prices are not high enough yet to force acceptance of alternative fuels.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  34. lisal -canada

    it really is a shame that the fellows who wanted to build the berms right away were not able to – funny how sometimes people who are familiar with their own land and surroundings seem to have good logical solutions – not funny when they are not allowed to implement workable hands-on solutions

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Linda

    Anderson, you keep asking why hasn't the dispersant been studied in the past 3-4 weeks-why hasn't all of this been researched by BP and included in their environmental impact statement, prior to approval to move forward-what is the plan they have submitted prior to permission to drill ????
    thanks,

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  36. Marisa

    I am getting sick of hearing who is going to pay the cost of adding a different dispersment .

    May 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  37. michelle

    I don't think anyone ever said the oil would not come ashore.
    Environmentalists, marine biologist and others have been
    saying this would be the worst oil spill in U.S. history.The
    big thing is to lessen the impact of the disaster.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Matt

    I don't think any of our politicians really no how this affects us....the "main street" Americans. Something must be done now to stop the leak and something must be done to keep this from happening again. Also, I think BP should give free fuel to everyone affected for the rest of their life.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Diane Berube Canada

    Darwin,
    We are all connected, this is going to effect people on this side of the globe for a long time.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Nancy in Oregon

    Everyone is scrambling....did no one ever consider this kind of thing possible? Are they ready in other countries for this same sort of disaster?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Those poor pelicans are eating in that?
    Diane,
    No. poor pelicans are not supposed to eat fish, that's means toxic be poison fish can be sick or die.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Mike B.

    For those of you who dont know...BP cleaned up the Exxon Valdez. Learn before you speak! Stop using cars if you want to protest and boycott. Yeah right. To much talk from all you chiefs. There wasnt this much reporting on the beaches of the Gulf ever. Even during and after the hurricane disasters. Report the truth.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Ed Reeve, St Louis, MO

    It also seems no one in authority is concerned about the many tankers just sitting outside our waters, in international waters. They are full of crude oil just waiting for the price of crude to increase before they off-load their cargo. I understand that much of the crude that's now ashore could've been skimmed & pumped into empty tankers.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Elaine

    One word for the President I voted for "Ineffefive" I live 18 mi from the Gulf waters at Freeport TX & buy pounds & pounds of seafood yearly for my family... will I poison them now....NO

    May 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  45. D. Hertz

    BP needs to learn how to multitask.

    They should be implementing the "kill" process WHILE drilling a secondary relief well While.... etc. Successional failures is only extending the impacts of this disaster.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  46. Samantha Rowley

    36 days and counting... I wonder how much longer BP would have gone not dealing with this if the media sources were not keeping them accountable. Thank you AC360 and CNN!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Ron from PA

    @Jack Hanna are the wildlife officials going to issue a major call for trained wildlife rehabilitators from around the nation to travel to the Gulf to help out?

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

    I heard somewhere that there is possibility of an explosion if not done correctly. I am praying for us.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  49. Helen

    @Martina: Dick Cheney gave the authorization for that type of drilling to BP. Remember, Haliburton.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  50. Darwin

    I'd like to know if the oil spill is going to affect our weather in Texas since most of our rain comes from the gulf.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
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