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

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soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don't eat seafood, but I don't want to see this area destroyed. It needs to be protected and nurtured at all costs.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Jason

    I believe friday when Mr Obama see's that things are not getting cleaned up that he will get things moving right there on the spot. I aslo thinks he should spend more time down there too make sure things get done. than head back and bring the iron fist down on BP

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Jim Wilson

    It looks as if BP learned a lot from the Exxon litigation. Why wouldn't they follow Exxons lead?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Agree with you!!!!! Poor pelicans.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Lisa

    I think the President knows very well how bad things are. You don't have to be a scientist to figure out what is happening when 24/7 oil is gashing in to the ocean. Thank God for Mr Carville and his wife and also for Anderson Cooper. What took them so long!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please help our earth


    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Marleen

    This is important. The innocent wildlife needs to be protected. It is shameful that in 2010 BP and those "in charge" of thisoil stoppage process are using the same concepts and techniques that were used during the 1979 Gulf Spill. Let's get the technological geeksquad fired up!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  7. aaron

    anderson's coverage the last few days has proven that BP's sense of urgancy and position of ownership is dishonest and unacceptable. BP should be boycotted by every american.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Mike

    how much does the Gulf produce the shrimp?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Andrew

    I honestly think that if we send aid to other countries, we should be able to send aid to our own country. At least we help out other countries though, but we can't seem to help ourselves

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Kim

    My husband was called in to help with the oil spill this morning with his company he has to drive 11 1/2 hrs then work 12 hr shifts to clean up this mess I sure hope we make progress soon.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  11. steve perlstein

    Shame on us we have to protect the wildlife we will be held acoutable god help us

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

    Why is BP not using biological remediation? There are microbes that feed on hydrocarbons and leave nothing toxic after they do their job. Why have we not heard of this being an option? Unbelievable!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    BP don't want anyone to know how much oil is coming out every day.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Ned

    There's been a video circulating that shows a couple of guys "cleaning up oil" with straw.Looks like something that will do some good, and it's quite simple. Has anybody looked into this?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Greg Martin

    Thank you Anderson for the coverage in my home state of Louisiana. I am a member of the Louisiana Guard (currently deployed to Iraq).

    I know that no matter what BP or the Federal Government decides, our great Govoner and local officials will take the ball and run with it. We did it For Hurricane Rita and Katrina and will continue to take care of our State.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Terry

    The oil may move around Fla. up the east coast. Someone has to take action. If we can land a man on the moon we can stop the leak and clean all the oil up. We can't bring all the wildlife back though.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. J Knowlton

    Where is the Federal Emergency Management Agency? Why aren't they managing the response to this national (& potential global) disaster? Isn't that what they are for?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Geno Mitchell

    This is a natural disaster,wildlife has been lost,marshes lost,and families who depend on boating to provide a way of life is lost,and the beauty of mother Earth lost,shame on you BP,you had warning signs

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Courtney Mann

    We need to start putting an emphasis on alternative technology for cars in the future and NO offshore drilling after this. BP literally are murderers and have had the EPA cover for them in the past. Enough! Watching these animals die in front of my eyes, hearing from friends that live in the area you can smell the oil 50 miles away. This is simply ludicrous to think the powers that be just turn a blind eye on the mass destruction going on.
    As a true American, I want Justice!!!! I demand it!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Larry in BH

    Billy Nungesser is the best spokesman for this disaster because he feels the pain of his fellow Gulf citizens.

    It is a crime that there are not 100 or 1000 boats and barges in the marshlands vacuuming and pumping up oil from the water to protect the marshlands.

    I can't believe how stupid everyone has been thinking surface booms could stop oil that disperants had sunk below the booms !!!

    What is wrong with these so-called "experts" from BP and our own Federal watchdogs.

    The booms are a waste unless they extend down 3-5 feet to protect the watershed from this dispersed and sunken oil.

    Billy - please tell Pres. Obama to get BP to pay for the vacuum boats before the marshlands are killed with each rising and falling tide!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Jean-Louis

    Sorry, but the only thing this president is interested in plugging up is my ability to make a living. He still doesn't realize the honeymoon is over. This Friday will be nothing more than a photo op., with the president talking down to the American people one more time. Sorry, I don't have any faith in this guy and I wish he would face the same scrutiny as other presidents have. Whats next, an apology to Cuba when it rolls up on thier shores? I'm out!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Bob Davis

    It's great that resources keep rolling in. While they remain temporarily focused on the top kill "concept", please tell me they already have the next plan in the pipe (forgive the humour). With the passing of more than a month, tell me they are already focused on the next plan in case this doesn't work. What a disaster

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  23. val

    Hello AC and Team, Hello Everyone!! @ Mike, this will be the POTUS 2nd trip there...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  24. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I do ponder the rea$on for thi$ Di$a$ter. Hmmm

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Stephen

    This tragedy is obviously unfortunate and could have been prevented. The most important issue for now is that the leaders in place act with the resources available. There's no time to blame and debate. The oil must stop before the life of the Gulf Coast does. Five weeks is too long.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Can't the government just fine the crap out of BP and use that money for cleanup now?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Kenya

    Seeing that oil is so disturbing to me...
    Hi Anderson, in my favorite city New Orleans! 🙂

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It matters because that is too much oil going into the Gulf!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Terri

    Being an ocean lover and living on Maui, this oil spill breaks my heart. We have massive unemployment in this country. Why not put these thousands of people to work, cleaning up the coastline and marshes. This will bring much revenue to these states, people will have a paycheck to send home, and we can get this oil cleaned up. SEND THE BILL TO BRITISH PETROLEUM !! They obviously are in over their head, so President Obama we need you to step up to the plate and take control of the reigns.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point!!!!!! Yes, You're right!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Maureen Harper

    I don't understand it. We put men on the moon in the 60s and have people living in space now and we can't stop an oil leak. What's with that? Where were the contingency plans before this happened? I don't even live in the U.S. and my heart is broken everytime I see pictures from the Gulf. I think it is time for the president to step in and give BP the boot. However, perhaps the government doesn't know what to do either. I do think that BP should have to get out of the business entirely and at least, I hope that they are not given even more permits to drill any more oil wells. Life will never be the same down there and it is disgusting. Someone should be in jail for a long time. Where are the cleanup crews? Get on it now!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Karen Griffin

    Hi Anderson, watching you and am thankful that you are there. Do not leave. It worked for katrina when the press exposed the hidden catastrophe. I live in Maine on the coast and am looking out on the ocean shimmering in the moon light. Remember Red Adar I think that was his name who capped oil rigs. Where are these Americans today that will fight for our country. This is absolutely horrendous.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Mike – point taken. Out of all of the Fed. Depts. involved, i still don't know Who is in charge.

    And, clearly there is no plan from Anyone!

    @ oAnn, N. Royalton, point taken on your post too.

    It will be interesting to see what Pres. Obama will have to say Friday.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Patrick Reynolds

    I think that we should revive the the old Conservation Corps from the Great Depression and send the to the Gulf Coast to repair the damage. Take unemployed people from across the country and put them to work. Kill two birds with one stone.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Cindi...Biloxi, MS

    Good evening. Thank you Anderson for your live report from the Cresent City. I think they need to stop putting a band aid on a gun shot wound. I am in total disgust over this spill and the lack of urgency. They need to get control of it now.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am just sick that the pelicans are dieing. This is so sick!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    This is so unbelievably outrageous! You guys are so right – BP should write the checks to get subcontractors to get out there and clean up the oil.

    I'm surprised there have been no boycotts of BP yet... I've started my own personal boycott.

    Also, why is okay for them to just sink the oil?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Rebecca M

    Hello all...I am absolutely appalled at what is happening in LA I can't even put into words. President Obama must take immediate action. 36 days of this oil spill is 36 days too long.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    They need to do something now, not next week! And let those companies like BP and others pay for whatever needs to be clean-up. Let's not wait anymore, every day is getting worse.

    Anderson just because the businesses there isn't being touch by this mess, so far that don't mean it won't in the future? Ask the fisher men, to?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Blame the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, or the MMS, but Obama is supposed to be Commander-in-Chief so the blame ultimately lies with him.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. Was just watching a Joseph Campbell interview so give me a moment for some culture shock!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Chris Conner

    Put the experienced fishermen on the payroll and let them get out there, before they do it without being asked!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Mike

    Why doesn't the Governor of LA hire the skimmers and clean up crews and send the bill to BP instead of sitting on a boat in an oil soaked marsh complaining about the President.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. JohnW

    This is going to be Obama's Katrina if he doesn't step up. This whole thing makes me sick. Greedy self-centered decisions at BP have caused this catastrophe. We need people who are not influenced by lobbyist, profit, or individual gain to step up and take charge of the shutoff and cleanup. After the leak is plugged, I hope the federal prosecutors step up punish those who are responsible...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Stephanie - New Jersey

    Good evening Anderson + Crew.
    Doing a superb job covering this disaster as always.
    I hope that "Top Kill" can FINALLY end this.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Jim Rehkopf

    Time has run out. You think Katrina was a disaster, BP's oil spill will make Katrina look like a party.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Matthew

    Watching in Halifax NS Keep the heat on Anderson

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Thomas

    So let me understand this, unlike the oil wells on land the wells they drill in the gulf are pressurized, and do not require us to pump them. Now given this, how is this topkill supposed to work, that would be like trying to cap a volcano.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  49. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Crab cakes and fried green tomatoes! Darn Anderson I am drooling here. Love that NOLA food!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Laura

    Anderson, you are the best. Please tell me why pouring tons of toxic chemicals will help the situation? Why can't they just suck up this oil into tankers while they figure out how to stop the leak? Why haven't barriers been put up in massive quantities to stop this oil from spreading? Oil and water do not mix. Toxic chemicals being poured into our ocean? I don't get it. Someone has to be smart enough to come up with a logical solultion.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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