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.

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  1. Catherine

    Anderson, what I do not understand about this is why the governor of Louisiana can't move on with their states own plans on this spill. It sounds like they are waiting for "permission" to do something because of having to get permits to get started. Given the gravity of the situation, why doesn't Louisiana just start doing it and say the heck with the permits? In this situation, it seems to me that if the law is getting in the way, the law should be ignored.....they should do what it takes and the heck with permits. Its easier to ask forgivness than to ask permission after all. A lot of people are confused by this. Can you get someone to explain why Bobby Jindal isn't simply giving the orders to move on the situation?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Cliff Kern

    The story you just ran with BN and the Governor had tears running down my face. The silence reminds me of post-Katrina in the NOLA area when I managed to get into town. (Fortunately, my home survived.) As angry as I was when you kept showng only the lower 9th back then, I am grateful to you now for what you just showed. The oil on your glove and the look on the faces of those who were with you spoke volumes. Hopefully the Governor and Mr. Carville can get all of this across to Pres. Obama.

    My message to the President is (1) give someone the authority to act quickly and rapidly; (2) thank you for realizing that this is America's coastline; and (3) Help us, now!

    Thanks, Anderson.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  3. David Cox

    Typical finger pointing, bunch of suits walking around for photo appearances. Where are the super tankers that helped during the persian gulf spill, time to get out of the tents eating food and do something. No excuses , very similar to Katrina reaction,,,,all talk and no action.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The state should just start building the berms, permit or no permit.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If this is how Obama takes charge of a serious situation then we are in bigger trouble than I thought! What can we expect if something more serious comes up? That is a frightening thought!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Brad Hodges

    Thanks for going to important sites to show everyone the impact of this spill. I'm curious how much the impact will be in the Gulf even if we could plug the leak today. After all, there are so many stories of miles of underwater clouds of oil, let alone what we can see on the surface...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Joanne

    This is unforgiveable. I just hope no one in the country is buying gas at BP stations. It's the only way to make them pay attention.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    I hope and pray that this "top kill" will work.. It was hard to listen to people like Billy Nungesser and Bobby Jindal today. The desperation and urgency in their voices was so sad.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    Why aren't clean up crews on hand or enroute to those wetlands? James Carville is asking a good question there. This spill is ongoing for over a month now. What is the plan for the soft booms. I'm glad to hear Parish President Billy Nungesser saying his parish is going to go out to reset the booms and collect the oil. But what is supposed to be the coordinated plan for those booms.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Courtney Mann

    Good Evening Anderson,

    I don't doubt the president is smart, but all he would need to do is turn on the TV, read the local papers to know how bad it is and what BP isn't telling him. Obama needs to get his butt in gear and get to LA stat! This is an outrage and I will never understand why so much time has been allowed to pass while this oil kills everything in its path.

    Go Billy Nungesser!!! You and Gvr. Jindal need to go ahead and begin your plan. No need to wait for an honest answer from the corrupt.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Norman Stapleton


    Why are super tankers not being employed as skimmers to soak up the spill areas and then have the oil-water unloaded at an oil separation facility.

    This is very upsetting that technology and resources are available but BP is not going to use available resources because it is too expensive.

    Thanks for your coverage of this disaster.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Bob Johnson/Atlanta

    Friday is too late Mr. Prersident. ! day =10 years of clean up!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Heidi Berg

    If they are finding it hard to plug the sucker then they need to work around it .They could make a big filter drop it all around it at lest some of the chemicals will be filtered.Then when they got a solution to stopping it then they can lift the filter and plug it

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Diane Berube Canada

    So many days of this have flown by and still, nothing…. My heart is breaking and all the yoga breathing in the world, won’t be able to calm me down any time soon.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Luis

    The blame game has only begun. One can only hope the President's visit will stir things up enough to cause a positive effect. There's definitely no fed gov boot on BP's neck; AC please do your thing.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Maxine Abarbara

    I think we should all cut our hair and send it to the marshes to absorb the oil. I have long hair. anything is better than seeing what I am seeing.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Neil

    President Obama, show America you truly care, more than just a speech or dispatching the directors of various government agencies who have no clue. Go sit with the Gov. Jindal and my new favorite politician Plaquemines Parish President, Bill Nungesser. Go down there and work the problem with them, on the ground, not from Washington. President Obama started his career as a community organizer, I think he should go down there and start to organize things, because as it stands, BP, the Coast Guard, and everyone else seem a bit confused.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Charlie P

    This looks so much worse than I pictured at first. Good for those local guys, gearing up to take matters into their own hands. Your all in our prayers

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Lynn Alderman

    There are just no words. I sat here watching your show with tears running down my face. BP needs to be held criminally liable, and
    the government needs to take the reins now with the clean up.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  20. ken Stotes

    Hello from Canada. Great show. Great coverage of the oil spill disaster by CNN. When there is big things happening on the news front, I always switch on CNN.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. don

    The Corps of Engineers argues that installing a sand wall 0r berm may cause the oil to spread and do damage to the Mississippi coastline. Is it possible that some of the "solutions" being touted might do more harm than good?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Mina

    Thanks Anderson for your excellent coverage.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @starr, maybe Obama will appoint another commission. Or did he already?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Blair Coughenour

    Those photos are sickening. How can this be happening .

    May 26, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  25. JD

    Any analysis on potential impact from hurricane/tropical storm affecting coastal regions?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Diane Berube Canada

    Absolutely heart wrenching, the only thing this preserve is going to preserve going forward is our tears…

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

    I don't believe that for a second! Doesn't the White House have TV sets? The American people have been watching this devastation 24/7 since it happened. We don't have to travel to the Gulf to convince ourselves of how bad it is!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Emily

    Has Rob M. or Chad M. done an update on the simulator that one of them had shown us weeks ago now as to what a hurricane would look like with that oil in the water?
    As we know now, it was spewing more oil, and it's been more than a month now...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Helen

    All the no regulation, less government, suddenly is looking for the government for another bailout.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why did it take 35 days for the President to show up?

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

    Billy has been and is so right. This did NOT have to happen.

    Anyone with a brain realized that EVentually the very large amount of oil that is still gushing would reach the marshes.

    The fact that NO Plan was devised in the at least 3 weeks or more they had to Prepare is astonishing!

    I am enraged, disappointed and heartbroken at the complete travesty this entire incident has been – no brains, no leadership anywhere in action.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson is doing good job looking for oil and wildlife as mammals, I also agree James Carville is right about that, I saw James is very furious at BP right now. YIKES!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Per Transocean (maintenance owners of the rig) two hours before the well exploded BP did disagree about security recommendations and seems like there was an argument...BP still has no comments

    May 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Diane Berube Canada

    How is this ever going to get cleaned up?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  35. Emily

    I hope that it's Not just a photo-opt! (on Friday)

    May 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Dan

    They are pretending to do the top kill. We'll find out tomorrow it didn't work. They need to drill the relief wells in order to salvage the oil field. If they plug it now, they lose their money.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  37. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    As every day passes by we see and hear more than what we can just comprehend.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    To bad for the wildlife...rescue needs to be saved. There's more oil than live plants and animals.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  39. larry

    what happens if a low pressure system develops out in the gulf now.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The Obama administration is clearly dragging its feet.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  41. caroline

    B.P. is evil; why won't they help LA ?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    There should be someone to oversee the oil cleanup!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. It's great to be here with all of you tonight. The visual evidence in the marshes just makes me sick. I had no idea it was that bad. Why hasn't clean up happened there?? Where are the people who are supposed to be cleaning up?? BP isn't doing it. Who will??? Even if alot of the wildlife is rescued and cleaned up, then where will they go afterward?? Sickening.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Steven

    anderson, ask if they can add a accelerant to burn off the oil on the surface. burn it off might be the less of all the other evils in clean-up.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360- again glad you're out in the field.

    Hi David, Megan, Nancy, Emily, oAnn, N. Royalton, Nichole, Mike, Smith, Casey, everyone....

    After a month of huge amounts of oil gushing into the Gulf, who is surprised at what they are finding?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Wednesday night!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Diane Berube Canada

    Hello everyone.
    Anderson, It is great to have you and your team down there. Thank you for continuing to bring us this coverage.
    It is so unbelievable that this is still happening. I find it hard to believe that there isn’t more that could be done.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Emily

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

    Looking forward to the update from Louisiana...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Hi, Anderson and crew...How are you doing out there in the oil spill area?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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