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.

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soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. Dave Stein

    Our government needs to stop fooling around spending time observing BP stopping the leak. The former CEO of Exxon has explained how large oil spills in the Persian Gulf area have been eliminated by the use of Super Tankers! Why don't we al;ready see a flotilla of Super Tankers sucking all the oil up out of the water, instead of stuoidly being satisfied trying to capture the oil and continure to watch it come on shore? We are now in the hurricane season. Do the cleanup using maximum brain and mechanical power immediately! BP has to stop the leak as our government hasn't the capability, but government can get rid of the oil spill. Put someone in charge and just do it!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Art Linkletter was my favorite one had died at 97, He is sorely missed.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Gigi

    No more drilling for BP per order of the Government of the USA
    Bye Bye BP!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  4. Judy

    I can't believe it has taken so long for everyone to wake up to the fact the Gulf Of Mexico is in great danger. I figured that out the first day I heard about it.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  5. Keith in SC

    I have been wondering since almost the beginning of this oil tragedy, isn't it possible to have oil tankers "vacuum up" the oil as it leaks into the Gulf. It seems like such an easy solution. I certainly think it is a better option to using chemicals.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  6. David, Indiana

    What is the response infrastructure that BP has cut back that could be employed for a spill in the Gulf of Mexico? What is needed for spill clean up in Gulf now?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  7. Joyce Weitzel

    Thank you for caring enough about our country to be one of the few news programs that has acurately reported on this disaster. I am shocked to hear comments implying that our President does not realize the enormity of this. Perhaps he could take time out from campaigning to watch your wonderful program. Our government needs to care less about the November elections, and care more about saving the wild life, plant life, and human life of our country.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  8. Ken

    It seems we millions of unemployed people collecting government money, why not put them to work cleaning up oil??

    May 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Linda

    How different would the response be if this disaster were located offshore of, say, Boston, New York, Washington DC? Would it be Ok to allow a foreign owned company to have complete control over the remedy in those areas? Would our government be watching from the sidelines as it is now?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Karen Pizzitola-Casey

    I am watching the live feed of the 'top kill' effort. My husband and I just made the observation that what we have here is a "Pandora's Box"...the box looks wide opened from the live feed. I am a native New Orleanian living in North Texas for thirty years. My heart is breaking at each picture of oil covered marsh and wildlife. Our crustacian treasures in these waters could be lost forever. I am hearing BP executives basically asking for understanding from people since they are dealing with an issue that is a mile under the sea waters. "You can't just back a truck in there...". Where was this thought process before they decided to sink that pipe way down deep? Any thought to our environment? Corporate profit and greed wins again. Who cares about the consequences.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  11. LEE

    Why didn't our wonderful government jump on the Oil Spill Disaster as fast as a bunch of Piranhas on a chicken?
    Is this the Financial Answer Lousiana Politicians are waiting on to line their pockets from ALL the Massive Lawsuits coming?
    Wonder if BP is eating Steaks, like the mayor did during Katrina, while the Great People of Lousiana are out of work and starving?
    Not angry, Ashamed of Everyone who had the power to make changes.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  12. William

    Is BP and other oil companies to big to fail? If they ever finish this repair and clean up they should be banned from US waters!

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

    Art Linkletter was wonderful with children. RIP

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Ann

    Stop the blame games- everyone. Fix the problem. And every news station should be plastering the airwaves with the horrible and devastating effects to the millions of innocent animals to whom this will cause needless suffering and death.
    Why wasn't this the focus in the first 3 weeks after the blow out? Because unless it affects the typical American's pocketbook,few people care.

    Anyone with a brain and a heart knew where the oil would end up.
    Such a sad commentary on our American culture and what we say about our earth.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Pat Murphy

    I am a nightly CNN viewer. It is truly sad to see Louisiana losing out again this time at the hands of BP and the US government. How long does it take to figure out that a major eco system is being destroyed? If we continue to abuse our resources the planet will die. If our president and his staff are truly smart,how long does it take to respond? The birds and fish would like to know.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Dustin

    Anderson... why is no one talking about the threats of Hurrican Season starting next week? Could it help a clean up effort or hurt?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  17. sherry

    First, my heart & prayers go out to the people, businesses, environment and eco-system in the Gulf especially along the coast. Currently, I live in Atlanta by way of Plaquemine, LA. What can I & other people that don't live in the area do to help the Gulf Coast (right now...today)? Thanks Anderson & CNN for the excellent coverage on this catastrophe & bringing awareness to the public! Love you guys!
    Sherry E. Hargooa

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  18. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Kids say the darndest things~ RIP Art !

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  19. gunner cameron louisiana

    it doesnt matter how good they clean up the oil its already to later the damage is allready do the eco system will never be the same we can never get it back to what it was

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    The Government needs to put together a TASK FORCE for things like these.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Sharon Hastings

    I heard in a previous CNN report today that the people there were begging for help weeks ago and no one could or would make a decision or approve anything to be done because they had to do "environmental studies" first. That is crazy!!!! What possible environmental studies would you need to tell you to do something besides just opening your eyes and looking at the oil coming in????

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Libby

    Peter, I thought that a boycott was a good idea also... but I saw on CNN yesterday that BP gas stations are actually owned by individuals (small business owners), and that they (the station owners) don't have any connections with the actual company. They interviewed one guy who said that his sales were off sharply..

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    What a wonderful post. It is so great that you, like so many of us feel helpless and want to do something.

    However, BP has BILlions of dollars to Pay for any and all expenses associated with the oil disaster in our Gulf.

    The American people, unless they can provide professional of physical service, have no business Paying for anything that happened with BP's accident and gross negligence.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Lainy

    I agree Libby. I am an Accountant and the bottom line of the Profit and Loss statements is viewed as "God" to these companies.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  25. aaron from miami

    the usa can infiltrate a country and down a dictator. BP is a corporate dictator; take them down and save the shores of the usa!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Konrad Wishardt

    We should charge BP with committing a terroristic act against the United States. Clearly they do not have the people at heart, they care less about how these people are going to make a living and it seems like their intent is to damage the economy.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Starr, formerly known as vincent, "There is much that i will never understand re: the explosion and oil leak"

    You have to wonder if it had anything to do with neglecting to address safety hazzards. BP was just fined 87 million dollars in October for neglecting to correct safety hazzards found after the Texas City explosion in 2005.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  28. susan

    Nix the idea of interviewing the BP guy. His job is to make money, not sense. Find an expert on addiction to explain why Americans are addicted to oil. When will we finally understand that oil is drilled for us? If there wasn't a market, there wouldn't be drilling. We are complicit. It's time we admitted that oil is to most Americans what alcohol is to a drunk, or heroin to an addict. If it's available, we'll use and abuse it.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  29. louise

    Please let your viewers know that on MAY 21,22, and 23 that the Golden Meadow,La. class of 1960 celebrated its 50 th reunion in Grand Isle,La.. We were not cancelling our reunion because of the oil spill. We wanted to remember what a wonderful place we had grown up to love. Classmates came from all over the USA to support and bond our love for Grand Isle. We prayed, laughed, and reeminisced for three days. We are so proud of CNN in taking the initative in making everyone aware of such a great diaster!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Ann

    Stop the blame games- everyone. Fix the problem. And every news station should be plastering the airwaves with the horrible and devastating effects to the millions of innocent animals to whom this will cause needless suffering and death.
    Why wasn't this focus in the first 3 weeks after the blow out? Because nless it affects the typical American's. pocketbook, no one cares. Anyone with a brain and a heart knew where the oil would end up.
    Such a sad commentary on our American culture and what we say about our earth.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Paul-SoCal

    We are all watching. Many of us will mobilize to help the people of the region. One thing I find interesting is that the British Government has given no public comment.

    Billy Nungesser is the best! Thanks for giving him all the time he needs to plead the case for the people and the environment.

    More interviews with the fisherman and local people please!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Clint Rodgers

    Still using oil and gas this is absurd. The same fuel and lubricants we started with. We have to move on and get away from this hazardous situation we've been taught to deal with. Lets not drill, drill, drill!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Your coverage is helping to put pressure on government and BP and raise awareness of the severity fo the problem, but who can regular citizens contact to put pressure on the authorities to do something? The president? Our legislators? who?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  34. Dana in North Carolina

    The CEO of BP does not want to appear on your show because he does not have the stones to give us the truth. BP reminds me of the line "don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining". BP clearly thinks we are so dense that we cannot see through the lies. They know they ignored the rules and do not want to say something that can be used against them in a civil law suit.

    They claim there are 23,000 people working on this. Where are they at? Probably on vacation in Europe because they are not cleaning up that mess or saving the innocent animals being killed by their greed.
    Maybe all of the animals that die should be shipped to BP's headquarters with a thank you note.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  35. Janet, Tuckahoe, NY

    Yes, a command center is needed. Let's get going time is wasting. Everyone has to stop talking and start working! Let's start with everyone giving up the big wasteful SUVs and start using more electric and solar. Then disasters like this one won't happen. No more drilling for oil!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  36. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    I'm really disappointed that the President has not been more involved in this national disaster... It's scary that the future of our eco system in in the hands of BP. The thought that all this marshland is being destroyed when it could have been saved is criminal...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Helen

    @Libby: Bankrupt never. I gave them six months to change their name or merge with another oil company and assume another name.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  38. keeno

    Billy should be in CHARGE

    May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Herb Jahnke

    Ok with all the damage and the work force looking for jobs all across the country , why can't we flash train people to come in and do the dirty work to get our coastloine cleaned. Strenght in numbers , the disaster happened lets come together (like WWII) and show our pride as a nation .

    May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Libby, 'caring deeply' doesn't cut it. Action does.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Robert Downsville, NY

    siphon this water/oil/sludge up and spray it on dry, dusty, dirt roads to keep the dust down. Sell it to re-coop some funding.

    Use the dome with a blender type blade to form a vortex to keep it from blocking the flow. That should be easier than drilling into the earth.

    Use a super inner-tube to pump the material into. Make it expand like a balloon once it is inserted into the pipe.

    Research the management team to get the best of the best to run the show....nephews and brothers-in-law need not apply.

    Do it now!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Karen Griffin

    Maine ha offered to help and has an oil spill team ready but they have not been contacted. According to our local paper the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection has more then two miles of absorbent booms ready to go and have offered as well as oil-skimming barges and a team of trained responders. Again, they are waiting, no one has firmed up the plans. A guy named Paul Fournier of Fournier Machines in Mechanic Falls Maine has a suggestion on fixing this. I am quoting from an article in the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine. I assume we are not the only state offering help. What can we co to get thing going here.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Jim Rehkopf-New Orleans

    WAKE UP AMERICA – This is not Louisiana's problem or the Gulf State's problem, this is America's problem.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  44. Bryan Davidson

    Ironic a president that is so passionate about alt engergy may go down in history as "oil leak president"

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  45. diane

    One more thought...I do not believe any oil company understands how to fix this particular problem....which is why there was no solution at hand.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Government needs to have a plan and have a Special Team Force to take care of damages like these.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Oh, so that means, it will be a oil drain clog!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Deborah Alvarado

    Anderson, why weren't the tankers put into action immediately to suck up this oil? I have heard the tankers are full of oil that is being stored until the prices of oil go up. It's almost as if the govt(in form of coast guard) and BP does not want to clean anything up until it is way too late So that the Gulf will be ruined for anything but oil drilling.

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

    Tom Foreman had good point there howwe can look how develops leak go up and hopefully will stop leak to plug.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Diane Berube Canada

    I fear that this may yet end up worse then Katrina for those who live down there.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
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