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. Charles

    Its sad that we are willing to let people die and the environment destroyed so we can drive our big SUVs.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Libby, " He said that our president CARES deeply about what's going on, and that he will be meeting with the president again this Friday."

    I know who Billy is, and I heard what he has been saying, but the truth is, he is saying what he needs to say in order to get help right now. The evidence never lies.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Millie

    Why doesn't President Obama convene the nation's top scientists and most creative engineers; insist that BP and other experts from across the oil industry share information with these scientists; feed them, pay them to leave their day jobs, and work together to come up with a way to stop the leak. BP has flat out proven they dont have a clue. Only the President has the convening power to put our best minds in the same room and enable them to work together to resolve this catastrophe. And dont shut out the community; the combination of fishermen and scientists could go a long way.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Bobby

    Think it's time to bring in a company to start cleaning this up! We have waited long enough..."The Buck Stops here" RIP Harry .......

    May 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Joan

    These 37 days are just proof that large corporations are almost incompetent. We complain that the government moves slowly, but corporations are far worse. They have to form committees, and have hundreds of meetings and phone conferences before they can make even one decision. After BP plugs the leak (if they can), I hope Obama sends them home and lets the locals take over, giving them all the support we can give them.
    I hope Billy Nungesser is put in charge! And what happened to that guy who did the demonstration of hay soaking up oil in a bowl of water? What does Billy Nungesser think of that?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Melissa, Durham NC

    Absolutely Peter.

    Anderson and the CNN media team - you KNOW it's the right and ethical thing to do. And you'll send a message out within the media that this is the time to stand up for how this can't be swept under the rug.

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

    I remember your interview with the BP official & I don't think that there was anything inappropriate with it at all! You were as professional as always!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  8. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    The video of all those critters in the oil is simply shocking. 🙁

    May 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Leigh

    Why can't they take a huge suction and suck the oil off the surface before it reaches the land. Like a giant wet vac...Something....

    May 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  10. joanne

    protect our aquifer systems now before our drinking water is next on the toxic list

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

    I have been watching CNN every evening for the last month and sadly Louisiana is losing out again. BP may have been the original culprit in this tragic event but, what is the US governments excuse for denial? A month has passed and the people of the US are still getting the same denial from our own government that BP, who is clueless, is saying.
    Do we have to kill the planet before someone does something to stop this? Oh, that's right no one will be here, we'll all be dead!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  12. diane

    Please...find the data that is constantly recorded on this rig. The wells are constantly watched (reviewed) to see what is going on...hence, the known anomalies.

    To drill a well, the reservoir has been determined and so has the flow. This is a "constant" more or less and is how the oil company determines the size of the pipe. CHECK BP's DAILY RECORDS.

    I watch CNN pretty much exclusively and I hope that I hear that you have received this note. Thank you for the excellent coverage!


    May 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Libby

    I hope that BP is forced to go bankrupt as a result of their actions! >:-(

    May 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  14. matt

    I cannot believe our government doesnt keep us safe from this!!! This is a security issue of the highest magnitude! Yes?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    There is much that i will never understand re: the explosion and oil leak, but i Do Know that the extent of the present damage will be over a generation healing (that is if it can heal at all).

    @David, Indiana

    Great questions, but no answers yet. Isn't it truly amazing on day 36 or so, that no plan, no real action, etc. has occurred?

    Not even the pick up of the absorbable booms......

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

    Thanks for your exemplary work.
    I hope you and your staff will be talking to some people who possess true expertise in the placement of boom in the event of an oil spill.
    Are BP's current booms being deployed correctly? What's the object of boom placement? Is that being achieved with the current boom efforts? etc., etc., etc.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Flo Schneider

    Please do everything you can to encourage putting super tankers in the Gulf of Mexico to siphon up the oil/water, move it away and process it.. This was done in the Persian Gulf and it worked. We are almost in hurricane season and the oil could go anywhere. Many parts of the world are in danger if it is not removed.
    THREE important points: supertankers, hurricane season and everybody's coastline.

    Flo Schneider, Gulf Coast resident (you don't need to post this–just emphasize the important points! Thanks.)

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

    Much worse than Exxon Valdez.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Terri

    I agree with Joann, I sit and watch this happening on TV and I know the absolute devastation. I applaud J. Carville for trying to cover for the president, but clearly something extremely aggressive needs to be done. For the life of me, I can't understand why we are involved in offshore drilling if we have nothing in place in case of emergencies like this.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Neil

    Paul – 25 million/day is too light. BP made 6 billion in the Q1 2010. Start to fine them 1 billion per day, watch how fast it gets fixed.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Thomas - South Mississippi

    Mud + pressurized oil = TopKill Failure

    Lets get some people that have experience with deep ocean operations, not some flunky from BP or the government,

    a fluid that weighs more than 4000lbs per sq inch ? yeah i dont think so.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  22. Leanne

    Been Glued to CNN for a month now following the oil spill story.....
    Why did the government not step in and take over from the moment it was discovered oil was leaking in the Gulf ?
    Why would you trust a corporation to handle this and not put your own disaster relief plan into effect......does history teach us nothing........

    Bless those who are doing what they can to clean up and those that are saving what is left of that environment

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Michael Roe

    Anderson, Everyone!
    IT is Over-whelming the destruction. Yet I feel we are only fooling ourselves, This is not only going to cost the America people. It has been proven, the Oil Companies! All major Business will Pass the Cost onto Everyone! We are Fooling ourselves if you think your going to make BP or any oil company Pay!
    They are going to raise the cost onto all of us! For research! and the Clean up!
    Do you really think they are going to loose money? ha!ha! ha! Right!
    My View is simple, We all use Oil! We need all kinds of people there to Clean this up. Volunteers world wide!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  24. gunner cameron louisiana

    i really dont no why they are not cleaning the shore lines first and then worrie about what is out at sea this is so bad and why is everyone playing the blame game they should be working toghter and multi tasking this wow what a night mare

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

    @Mike, formerly from SyracuseThe federal response has been criminally negligent."

    Even that is an understatement!

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

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    "The federal response has been criminally negligent."

    I'm surprised that the entire Admin. has had such a poor response!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Yves From Canada

    There is simply no words to describe what we see on CNN. All we can say, is that it is the worse environmental situation I have ever seen.

    Having said that, it's not like no one ever predicted this would happen one day right? We knew it was gonna happen, it was just a matter when.

    Just imagine when drilling gets started up north in the Canadian Artic!
    can you imagine this mess up north in the artic??

    It is far from being conforting to see how the companies and governments respond, and the fact that people like Bill Nungesser, and James Carville have to fight so hard to get straight facts and leadership from those responsible.

    It is conforting however to see that Nungesser and his people are about to do what they have to do to takle the task at hand. They can worry about the permits, andf the road blocks later.

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

    Paul 25 million is a drop in the gulf to BP try like 400 million

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  29. Lynda

    What? Char-grilled mussels? This has got to stop now. Absurd.
    President needs to start now. The clock is ticking!

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

    So what does the national incident command say to all of this?

    @Heidi Berg. That's an interesting idea. Did you hear what Billy Nungesser said about the upside down barges? What are those? Submersible collection? I think there needs to be better communication btwn fed and local govts and given Anderson's interviews with state and local leaders in the first segment of AC360, I think the communication needs to start right now.

    @Starr I agree what is the plan? It should be for the Fed govt to work with BP to plug the leak and fed govt coordinating overall spill collection.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  31. Jason

    BP should be on trail for murder

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Emily

    If they clog the hole with mud it might explode.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  33. Leigh

    This is just devestating the economy for our Gulf Coast. I already have a friend that is having to sell her home due to lack of work because of people being too scared to plan their vacations at the Gulf. These people depend on the tourist to survive. BP should be held accountable for all the people suffering from this. I cry when I see the wildlife covered in oil on the news. God bless everyone down there.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  34. Jerald Lee Hovel

    Somebody, please put "Billy" in charge!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  35. Yvette from Connecticut

    Anderson: It's a tragedy all the wildlife killed...Brown Pelicans fly north after after breeding is over. I don't understand why wildlife officials don't go there and remove all of the eggs. Then the birds would leave. Yes, it would be terrible to lose this years new babies. But they are dying anyway....Also while they remove eggs and babies to go to rehab they can also take oiled adults to be cleaned... Thank you for your time. I am heartsick over this!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  36. Bricher John-Patrick

    Hello Anderson,If my estimation are right it could take just 278 days to fill the whole gulf of Mexico with a thickness of 2 mm and as you have surely seen,.most of the oil is floating...no good if nothing is soon found !!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  37. joanne

    What will become of the gulf coast aquifer systems.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  38. Lori

    Hello Anderson! Hi Tom Foreman! Hello Everyone! It is good to hear that there are no problems so far with Top Kill.

    Hopefully Top Kill will work to stop the leak.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  39. Peter Tremulis

    Hey Anderson:

    I think the US people need to boycott BP Amoco until the oil is stopped and the clean up is complete. This is the only way I know of getting a big oil company's attention. I think BP has dragged their feet hoping to figure out a way to collect the oil without closing the well down. Big problem for them and for the US Govt. that has been watching from a distance.

    Please call for a national BOYCOTT tonight if you network has the guts to take on one if its major advertisers.

    Peter Tremulis

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  40. Erica

    Thank you Anderson for all of the great reporting! BP has turned our beautiful Gulf of Mexico into a dead zone. It will only be used for one purpose – oil! This is a huge conspiracy of mega proportions that has detroyed the gulf coast and all of the beautiful wildlife. Do you really think they care about us? Not at all! Tony Hayward told Forbe's that he expects to make a huge profit from this oil spill by 2015. Read the interview in Forbe's magazine and see how much of a greedy monster he is. He is by far not the only culprit in this huge catastrophe. Their names will come out one by one. Their lies are already being revealed. Mr. Hayward "There Will Be Blood"!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Libby

    Jo Ann - Did you just listen to Billy Nunsegger's comments? He said that our president CARES deeply about what's going on, and that he will be meeting with the president again this Friday. He's spoken with him in length twice now; once in person, once by phone.

    Billy is a well-known Republican and life-long Louisianian. For him to give credit to President Obama for sincerely caring says a LOT! Please – let's try to stop the finger pointing. Investigations will be plentiful in due time.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  42. Rachel

    I think if they force so much mud down. No one really knows natural pressure will bulid up from the ocean's the ocean's floor.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  43. Shayne Matlock Prince Edward Island, Canada

    Why wasn't the research for this kind of disaster done before drilling ever started? If one good thing comes of this, it will be the wake up call needed to make us realize over consumption isn't the way to heal our dying planet. And now they are talking about drilling in the Arctic! It is absolutely heartbreaking. My prayers are with you again Louisiana....God bless you all.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  44. jerry

    BP needs to be charged criminally for the dead workers

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Lainy

    The pictures are heartbreaking. Threaten to take away their net profits for
    1 year and watch how fast BP moves to clean up the mess they made.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  46. rocco

    why can't they have tankers above the spill with large vaccum hoses dropped down next to the leaks and suck but the water and oil up and separate it at the surface?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. lisal -canada

    from the air the earth looks like it is bleeding – from a main artery – and they aren't even giving it a bandaid

    without rewatching the BP interview, i recall that my first post-impression was "What a tactful restrained interview – it was pressing yet polite" – i do not think i could have shown that much restraint (i am sure a lot of people would agree that anderson could have totally shredded that BP fellow)

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  48. Jeremy

    Hi Mr Anderson,

    Can you ask some one who is going to pay for the clean up? Tax payers??
    Who is going to lead the clean up?
    We need to ask our goverment to review the procedures of these oil companies and make the correct actions.
    And the last question when was that last time was there equipment was inspected by some one. Oil companies make billions of dollars yearly and they could not inspect there equipment?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Aniko Olah

    Finning BP for what. Since we are so eco-friendly we are drilling in deep water, that is the problem. Well, now look what drilling in deep water has done.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Truman

    BP's oil geyser is surely suffocating an entire ecosystem and ocean for generations-not to mention the devastation to families, culture, and livelihoods. Thank you Anderson Cooper! The US and the world needs to know the truth about what is going on along the Gulf Coast. The repercussions of this catastrophe could very well be global.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
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