May 26th, 2010
09:49 PM ET

More Oil Clean-Up Crews Needed: Join the Live Chat

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Anderson is on the water, up close, along miles of marshland soaked in oil. The question is where are the clean-up crews? We're keeping them honest.

Want to know more about our live coverage from the Gulf? Read EVENING BUZZ

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.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. Michelle in Indiana

    Is it possible to get folks down there with something similar to the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps used during the depression? Forget the Hazmat training for workers, maybe a few hours of training at the most. Isn't the point moot now?

    With the CCC and WPA at least you can help those that need work, possibly provide lodging for them and get thousands, if not tens of thousands of people to put some 'hands on' this issue.

    Time for talking is over. Time for doing is NOW ... actually five weeks ago!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Libby

    Let's all just hope and pray that "Top Kill" is effective and that the gushing oil can be stopped.

    Once the investigations begin (hopefully AFTER we get the oil stopped) we will all learn why it is that Minerals Management and the Oil Industries were allowed to get away with "monitoring themselves" for all those years!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  3. gunner cameron louisiana

    good job AC keep it up

    May 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    nite all – may you have pleasant thoughts in between the horrible ones

    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Travis Sizemore

    Thank you for your wonderful coverage from Louisiana tonight on 360. I would love to help as much as possible. I am wondering if there is a specific place to ship donations of supplies like Dawn, Toothbrushes, and old towels. I am in Fort Wayne, IN and have no means to get to Louisiana but just want to do my part. More than I can say for our government today.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Richard

    Has any one suggested using the Department of Energy as a source for ideas and solutions to the oil spill? After all, Our national laboratories have solved problems from nuclear weapons to Bio-science problems. Why not use some real expects?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Michelle in Indiana

    Everything common sense told me has and is happening. BP needs to admit there was never a workable contingency plan for deep water drilling accidents. Deep Water Drilling needs to stop. Inspections need to be done. The Gulf was feeling oily before this and it worried me then. Now, I don't know if it can ever be repaired.

    My heart is breaking for you, my Gulf Coast friends. The hardest working folks I know.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Cecil

    It seems that ever event that happens in America now is turned into a political football by both parties. If we can't pull together again then American is doomed from within.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Don Garritano

    Has anyone noticed that the video feed looks like a loop and in fact appears worse? The billowing clouds of oil and gas appear to be a rerun of the same view. Please tell me I'm wrong. Do we know whether the images are real time or reruns?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Anderson & Team 360. As so many other bloggers has said, we appreciate your reporting from the LA coast.

    Goodnight All. I wish you a safe and pleasant day tomorrow.

    I truly pray that this top kill works. I pray that the leak does not get worse.

    I pray that Someone comes up with a Really good plan and is able to implement it. I also pray that we have not lost our Gulf for generations or forever.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and David, and bloggers Emily, Mike, Starr, Nancy, and Megan

    Oh and Anderson, basic black is always a good choice!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Frank Baggetta

    I know that the most important thing now is to stop the leak and clean the shore, but where are they transporting all the oil-soaked booms and oil-saturated sand? are they creating a Love Canal somewhere?
    How is this oil being treated?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Rich Willams

    Mr. Cooper,
    Thanks for being there to show all what is really going on in the gulf regarding the oil tragedy. I'm writing to your blog since i have a desire need to help. I have been a firefighter for 20+ years and I"m currently a hazmat technician. In my current position in emergency management, I am a member of an east coast chemical company mutual aid response plan executive board. There are a l ot of folks that have means to assist but don't know how to go about it. I for one have started writing an incident action plan that would assist President Obama and FEMA but I am not sure how to submit it or who to submit it too. There is probably overwhelming input on how to address the issue and I feel that my propoal would just get lost in the pile.
    Any ideas on how to get my proposal across to those that can make a difference?
    Thanks for your time!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Remind the viewers: this is not Katrina (a natural disaster). This a man-made, greed induced catastrophe that warrants criminal prosecution and contempt proceedings against BP, Transocean and anyone else involved. This is not the US govt's problem. Please remind your viewers that the same people who are condemning the US govt for inaction are the same folks who opposed health care reform resulting in coverage for 31 million uninsured people....

    May 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David, Megan, Nicole, Nancy, Starr, & Bloggers.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Gigi

    It is my guess that President Obama may have his hands tied due to contract stipulations. Does any USA civilian really know what those contracts say? I don't but I be there is some deep legalese in them!
    I really don't think Obama is just ignoring the situation. I'm sure he is doing some things behind the scenes where others can't see,but I'm equally convinced that right now he might not be able to do everything he would like to do.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good night AC360team and fellow bloggers.

    Thank you Cnn and Anderson Cooper for keeping us imformed.
    Hope we find out tomorrow that this "top kill" has worked.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night all! "I hope that the oil clog works. We shall see!" I want one!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Deborah Alvarado

    How many people are sick of hearing "We are doing everything that can be done?" Obviously they are NOT doing all that they can. They are not even doing a small portion of what they can or could.

    But wait a minute – mybe what they mean is "All BP will allow us to do" or "All our foreign bosses will allow us to do." There is no other logical explanation why the ball has been dropped AGAIN in the oil rich Gulf.

    One can only conclude this is being done on purpose.

    The president is being misled? Doesn't he watch TV? There's no excuse for his inaction on this.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Dale

    Andersen, I too consider myself not all that smart. but there have reports today of countries like Norway offering the services of skimmer ships designed to pull large quantities of oil our of the water, why have these offers not been taken. When you have a large fire, you call in all the Battalions needed, even outside your city or county and worry about how to pay for it later... I just don't get it!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Starr, formerly known as vincent, "Now this is something I thought i would Never see...Haley Barber Defending Pres. Obama!"

    But Barber is not dealing with the mess that Louisiana is dealing with and he is trying to protect the tourism in his state.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Night Anderson...hope things are going to be done by the time you leave. God bless them all...take care.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  23. Emily

    I'm not surprised about that (the protest by the police chiefs)

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  24. Michelle in Indiana

    Has anyone thought about this. When not if this oil gets into the Loop Current and makes it way to other countries, don't you think they are going to sue the United States for letting this happen in the first place?

    We will ALL pay for that.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  25. charles a greenan

    It is unbelievable that nobody is listening to Billy N. We still have to clean-up. Gusher stopped or not,and the clean-up should start immediately. Directed by the United States.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  26. Amaury

    And those two things would have stopped the leak how exactly? So we know the exact numbers and the EPA checks the chemicals used by BP to disperse the oil, and then the leak stops. Unless Obama has a graduate degree in engineering that we don't know about, I am not sure what more he can do besides scream really really loud.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  27. anne moore

    every scrap of oil, including the crud going out to sea, must becleaned up now. if bp is bankrupt, too bad. i am outraged at the inaction.animals, birds and fish are dying and will continue to die, it is to much!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Yvette

    After BP figures this thing out, who's gonna use the technology? All of Big Oil. Shell, Chevron, Conoco,.. All of them. Why aren't all of them in the Gulf right now with their Suck- up Rigs, sucking up that oil.

    Government needs to make them work together for the sake of all of the American people. The Military can do the command and control and take care of the Financial portions, of course they will be paying out of BP's checkbook. But this thing will be flowing like clockwork if the Government starts doing something sensible.

    The Commission is a Crockpot non-sensible idea.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
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