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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soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. sandy

    I never thought this could ever happen in the USA.It just seems like no one cares .Someone NEEDS to put a plan into action now, before we lose alot of our wildlife,waters and land. It will take years to recover now as it stands,We don't want to lose it forever!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Bryan Davidson

    We need to put the politics away and work as a unified country to solve the wetland emergency. Just like during Katrina, the federal government is incapable of reacting to emergencies in a timely fashion. Enable local goverments and action committees and GET OUT OF THE WAY!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Don Tancredi Newark De

    Try this I have worked in the construction industry for years and when we needed to add a valve to a large live water line we wrapped the pipe with nitrogen and froze the water that was under high pressure in the pipe stopping the flow and then cut the pipe open added the valve and that way we could cut off the flow when the pipe thawed. can that be done?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Kim

    Everyone is worried about the wildlife and the damage to the environment, but not much being said about the 11 men who lost their life on this oil rig, and the devastation to their families.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  5. john

    The 5000 gallon number is important to BP and .gov because it is a managable number in relation to liability as the number increases above 5000 the ability to manage liablility it decreases expotentially.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, You challenged him. That is what you did "wrong", but it was the right thing to do.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  7. matt

    why don't they just build a box around the leaking oil put concrete on top of the box to keep it down and then hook up pipes connected to barges to the boxes?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  8. Alicia Farnum

    We're not tree huggers for caring about the eradication of the wetlands. Like Anderson said it's not only necessary for the economy, but even socially. It delays the effects of hurricanes. If the wetlands are completely destroyed there will be no barricade for future hurricanes in the gulf coast. I hope Sanjay Gupta exposes most of the oil spill flaws in "Toxic America."

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Chelsea

    Someone needs to get this mess organized so more volunteers can sign up and get to where they need to be to actually help. Everyone is at a standstill because no one will be a leader.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. bob & rita waples

    hi anderson, this is the apopcalyse of the 21st century, and no one knows how to fix it.and we think that b.p. should spend it's billions in profits that it makes each quarter to fix what they have done. thank you for listening. the waples from largo florida.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  11. Nancy in Oregon

    Janet, Tuckahoe, that is very true. We are all guilty on some front or other....but of course, want to blame someone else.

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

    Where is the cleanup remains being disposed? No one has said anything about dumping the remains anywhere or where it is being taken?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. JoAnne

    It's evil, it's criminal, and it's all about not loosing the all mighty dollar from the oil. There should criminal action taken against those who were suppose to be in charge. When it's all said and done, how long will it take to recover, if ever.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  14. miles Swanson


    Thank you for being so dedicated in your coverage of this disaster.

    -miles in new orleans

    May 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  15. jerry

    as long as we need oil this will happen periodically

    May 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Judith Reed

    Please Anderson, Remind everyone "Hurricane Season " is about to start. Let. Gen Honore get in there and our military. No more nicely dressed people giving press conferences. My children are there on the Westbank. I worry for them. Katrina drove me away, Please ,please,allow theses people who know what to do,do it. Many lives are at stake. My husband and I lived through Katrina,we trust Gen Honore and met him,He can get anything done. Thank You Anderson,we met you during Katrina and Trust you 100 0/0 to keep them honest.

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

    Guess the oil sands in northern Alberta don't look too bad now eh? Yeah, of course they could do better environmentaly, but even at it's worst, they will never have as bad an impact as what y'all got going on there.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  18. John

    Why does it seem as though the goverments attitude is it's your mess so you clean it up? With such a devistating world issue shouldn't the government take over and put the best possible people on it?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Jack

    I don't understand why anyone needs BP's permission to clean up anything. This is NOT BP's country. Clean it up and send them the bill. If they don't pay it,... put them out of business in OUR country.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Andrew

    This is yet another reason why we should go nuclear! Nuclear energy is looking better and better. And what happens if we dont stop the leak for another two months?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    president took second trip already there. Ithink this is possible will be Navy take charge or wildlife I'm sure.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Gigi

    My heart is really hurting to see all the marine life that is being killed & if anyone thinks that this polluted water is not going to travel to other coasts & other parts of the country they are so wrong & delusional!
    This is beyond terrible!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I find it incompetent of our great country to be the greatest country in the world and we can't even handle our own disasters. What the?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Aniko Olah

    Does Carver really think that Obama is being mis-informed? That is the stupidest excuse ever made for This President. We need to quit holding his hand and making excuses for his poor lack of leadership!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Paul--New Orleans

    BP should be fined $25 million a day retroactive to Day 1 for this oil leak disaster that their employees caused through their criminal negligence and incompetence. Build the sand berms and islands NOW, President Obama, to prevent more damage to Louisiana's marshes, fishermen, and our way of life! Save the Gulf of Mexico!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Melissa, Durham NC

    BP won't come on for an interviewer because they're in damage control. No other reason and they now know that American citizens are mobilizing to make sure there is an appropriate response. We are a democratic society with the right to boycott and we will.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    You did fine Anderson, your interview with BP was respectfully done well.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    You were tough with the BP executive, but he was well coached and never lost his cool.

    I hate to say this, but this whole thing smacks of British arrogance.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Tony

    I think they do not want to close this well because BP knows once they close it they will not be able to tap it again. You think they are going to loose millions or billions of dollars. Why not use demolitions to blow it shut like other oil wells ?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  30. gale

    Another thought, I feel for Louisiana, because not nearly enough was done to help after Katrina, and now this!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Carl Stokoe

    Human beings are the only creatures on earth that can ruin an area as large as the Gulf of Mexico. When are we going to wake up & develop alternative fuels?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Sharon

    BP should have the supertankers as suggested by Shell's ex President cleaning the Gulf as the spill is going on. Sorry they may have to be there 3 to 4 months but the life if the Gulf of Mexico and the entire Eco system is at stake. Where are the supertankers ?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  33. hank

    bp has no clue nor do they care. what's going to happen if they have another katrina. lets hope not.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Jan

    The remnants of the Valdez disaster still plagues Prince William Sound...it is conceivable that most of us alive today will not see the end to this Gulf "clean up." The food chain in the Gulf is being destroyed minute by minute. This is a crushing blow, possibly irreversible, to the ecosystem and the economy, the trickle down effect will be felt for several decades on both...the economy may recover...the ecosystem will not. God have mercy on us.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  35. Marlene

    Anderson, thanks for showing these photos! I feel so much pain and disgust looking at how the ecosystem has been damaged for thousands of years to come! I feel so much pain for the birds, fish, wildlife and plants that have died and are wiped out forever! Everyone needs to wake up and realize how catastrophic this is for our planet!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  36. mike

    Hello all,

    "Top Kill" won't work, too much of a pressure differential. Only solution is the relief well. Prepare for 6-8 more weeks of oil flowing into the Gulf. Also the oil/water emulsion will be washing up on shore for years, not to mention Cuba and the the Gulf Stream.
    Great job Anderson and team!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Shawn

    Are you serious, are there really those out there saying they don't want to help because it's not their responsibility or their fault? Really? If the Coast Guard or anyone else is in a position to end the flow and they are holding out... truly regretful! It shouldn't matter who did this, the problem needs solved. Does the fire department have the option of not putting out a fire at your house?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Dana Dyer

    717 oil rigs out there and no one had any plans on how to fix one if it
    broke? Mr. president, I have hung in there-supporting you up till now-
    where are you? This is our country that is being ruined! What happens
    during Hurricane season???? This is nothing less than devastating!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  39. lisa Ferguson

    "More Oil Clean-up Crews Needed"
    Here's an idea: we have jails full of idle prisoners – some of whom need to see what tragedy really is- Let's put our prisoners to work cleaning up this horrible mess.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Sharon Hastings

    James Carville is righteously angry. But it's almost incomprehensible to imagine that the President hasn't been kept up to speed about how bad this is. I hope he immediately takes action on Friday. I feel the pain of all those people there who are losing their livelihood and their whole way of life.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Cliff Kern

    One more comment. Mr. Carville is right about Woods Hole and Scripps, but we also have people in MS and LA who are experts at this at the GCRC and the marine biological group at Cocodrie among others. They have been working in the Gulf for many years and have baseline data that will truly allow us to understand the magnitude of the catastrophe. We need to hook them in and get their input and data.

    We also need to be aware of the volatiles that people and animals are being exposed to. I hate to think of the disease rates we are going to see in the next 5 years.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Janet, Tuckahoe, NY

    Anderson, great job. This is the most tragic story since 911. This is what we get for being greedy and driving big vehicles that waste so much gasoline. Allowing ourselves to be ruled by the big oil companies and auto compaines. It has to stop! How sad we're losing all that beautiful wildlife. It's the fault of all of us not just BP.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The federal response has been criminally negligent.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Alicia Farnum

    Obama should watch AC360 to get filled in on most of what's going on with the effects of the oil spill and the help needed (and join us on live chat).

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Greg

    BP is only concerned about making more money and saving face. They have no interest in saving the environment or the people along the gulf coast. Boycott BP!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Hope

    Whenever there is any kind of disaster that effects human life in the world there are floods of non-profits wanting monetary or material donations to help the people hurt or in need. In this situation I feel helpless. I want to help the wildlife/creation as well as the people effected by this tragedy but havn't heard anything about how to help. Please give us some contact information on organizations doing good work in the area!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  47. James Armani

    Time to freeze BP assets and put them to good use, like a real clean up
    not imaginary.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Lucy Muller

    What's wrong with being heartbroken and compassionate about the wildlife that is dying? No one ever mentions the 11 who died either.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Blair Coughenour

    And shell wants to drill in the arctic? I dont think so.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Carlos

    Is BP doing everything possible to stop the leak? Of course not, they are looking at their bottom line and the law suits. They don't care.

    Obama needs to threaten to nationalize BP if they don't stop this leak by Friday. Take away all of their permits to explore and sell their products in the US. This will get their attention.

    Again the regular citizens of the US will pay the price, corporate america is forever protected. Profits over people and the environment.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
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