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. Peggy

    I am very disappointed in Obama in his response and seems like he is in the big oil pockets like many others - if he doesn't put some action in place he has lost my vote for one - if he is misinformed he needs to watch some TV

    May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Lori

    Sorry, I ment to say that the oil spill response needed to be faster.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Bob Peltz in Indiana

    I was a strong Obama supporter, but he and his administration is apparently asleep. The Gulf is dying while they're sitting on their hands, letting BP run the show, and putting road blocks in front of the costal fishermen and officials like Billy who know what to do. Wake up Obama! Take control! Fire the jerk Coast Guard Admiral–he's the problem. Put someone in charge who actually has a plan, isn't arrogant, and will take action to clean it up now!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    See, that is when "talking points" backfire.... using the same phrase over and over... especially if it doesn't ring true.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  5. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Does anyone know why we drill something like this so dangerous to the environment?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Mark

    Part of the problem is the handlers for Gov Bobby Jindal & parish president Billy Nungesser attended by James Carville. At the news conference in Venice today, both were saying they needed solutions, not excuses. Well there were reps from 4 or 5 really innovative companies,with possibly real solutions being ignored as the handlers would not let them near Billy or Bobby. Just more politics to shout how BP is doing nothing, but a lot of terrific technology is also barred from being used by the gatekeepers and the parrishe's good ole boy network

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Alicia Farnum

    BP did clean up the Exxon Valdez spill. This is the worst spill ever and most likely will be in the next generations' history books, but BP needs the chance to clean this up. They are taking awhile and as much as we want to... hurt them very badly (PG enough?), let them learn. Maybe America will learn to move on to eco-friendly fuels. (Only problem is, how long are they going to take?)

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The military is the only non-political honest broker.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  9. Dale

    I thought that there is a federal agency to coordinate activities such as the disaster in the gulf. Yet one never hears their name, nor acronym mentioned. Where is FEMA? Shouldn't they be coordinating activities, especially keeping the oil away from the coast?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I really appreciate the great reporting from the Gulf over the past 36 days by David Mattingly and Rob Marciano!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Lori

    The oil spill needed to be faster. Generally private industry can respond faster than government. It is sad that BP could not mobilize faster. What were they thinking?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  12. annieS

    I am in my 70's and never saw anything like this happen in my lifetime,what a sin. I am sad for our people and wild life, I feel like coming there with my bottle of Dawn to help clean up.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Rick Emery

    What a joke. Keeping BP incharge is like keeping a blind fold over your eyes. Unbelievable. From Rick in Calgary

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  14. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Thank you Anderson for going to the gulf coast and bringing this story up close where we are not only aware, but feel the pain of the people and animals suffering..
    You are appreciated. Hopefully this will bring help for the area. Someone needs to get busy. This reminds me of "good job Brownie". Who in the world is accountable for this disaster? Keep 'em honest!
    Thanks AC!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Henry - California

    Has anyone seen the BP oil feed? It looks very weird and unnatural at the moment.
    5 minutes ago it looked just as it always did but now it's a bit funky...like it's pulsating. It's not shooting up, it's going back and forth- you can see it in greater detail on your computer I think.

    Anderson, you've been covering this very well, I never miss your show.
    I wish everyone did, then you wouldn't have people who say that it's not that big of a deal.
    Major props to you Anderson.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Willis

    Why would anyone wait for the higher government to put a plan together for a catastrophe that no one has ever had to face before. It's very clear that they are clueless on what to do so they are doing nothing. At least start a mass clean up operation. All we have seen and heard is talk. If any of us were to drop the ball like they have, we would not have a job. I am beyond frustration. Our coast is dead from this.

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

    God bless Art Linkletter, he gave us a world of entertainment and had a long and good life.

    ATF- At $150,000.00 a yr. and we wonder what our tax dollars a doing. And this a a drop in the bucket for All of the other intra-agency infighting. I wonder how much money is wasted with all of this nonsense.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Joe

    BP doesn't even have the equipment to clean up a large spill. Their policy
    is to hide it with a banned toxic chemical. If they stop using it, the entire
    coast will be flooded with oil. They are in way over their heads.

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

    Great job A/C on oil spill. Anderson cooper youi are a person that I think would be interested in a listener sponsered television station known as LINK T.V. I have much respect for CNN & watch at least 4 hours a day& feel you would make great partnerswith parts of Link T.V . After all we all need all the help we can get.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  20. Joan

    Can Obama get an American oil company to plug the leak and if so, can he get BP to pay for it?
    I'd just like to see BP go home and never come back. They're just incompetent.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Roberto Dabdoub

    Very worried.
    We're still fixing our Katrina devastated home and now this other tragedy. Can they actually stop this leak?
    What would happen if they can't. Is it like trying to stop a volcano after it has erupted?
    How much oil is left in the well. What happens if it enter the Mississippi River? That's our drinking water, you know.
    We need answers please.


    May 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Shayne Matlock from Prince Edward Island, Canada

    @Jim in New Orleans, it is not just America's problem, it is the planets.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  23. Libby

    Good night Nancy in beautiful Oregon! 😀 You're leaving us early 🙁

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

    Anderson, If only mother nature could speak, she might have asked "where is the limit of ignorance?!" Human beings are not the only residents of Earth!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Sandra Bundy

    Why is it that so many who profess to be or have been elected to positions of leadership seem to fail in leadership over this disaster? I applaud Governor Jindal….he is very focused on solutions but with every second that passes the well being of the salt marshes and livelihoods are being destroyed and lost to those who for generations have lived and thrived among them. It is my sincere hope and prayer this catastrophe will soon come to an end and that we all have the intelligence to understand that anything like this should never happen again no matter who we choose to blame.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  26. joanne

    so when BP finishes putting in the relief wells in August then what they stay out there and get to continue drilling for and yet more oil that deep down in the gulf

    May 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  27. Thomas Reid Heaton Esq.

    Clean the the wet lands. Let the people help.. If not, the people must do it tthemselves ( it might be faster ) to save a life of animal is more important than waitting for a yes from big brother...Just do it

    May 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  28. Scott

    Getting really tired of big corporations not taking appropriate measures to control risk at the expense of so many. BP, Wall Street, our Government. What corporation or entity will next show their lack of responsibility or accountability? Deeply saddened and disturbed by the numerous fiascos our Country has experienced over the previous few years.

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

    "He wants some action!"

    May 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "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."

    I agree with you! I really hope that the Pres. has come to care more about the people, etc, now, as a photo opt can be used against you too!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  31. charles a greenan

    I understand BP directing the effort to cap the gusher. But, not directing the clean up of private or United States controlled property.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  32. victoria

    it is not legal to dump toxic poison into our waterways why is the cqast guard standing by letting a foreign company do this arrest someone nowt

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

    Good night, people. Try to rest well.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Alison

    I live in Louisiana, and I don't need to go to the coast to realize the magnitude of this national disaster. It is a copout that President Obama is supposedly being 'misled' and would jump to action if he could only see for himself. He is shirking his responsibity as Commander in Chief.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Diane Berube Canada

    They say, everything happens for a reason…what good could ever come from this horrible disaster? Not seeing a silver lining.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Lisa

    I am glad that Anderson is in the Gulf covering this disaster. I am heartbroken to see the damage that is being done by this oil spill. President Obama needs to form a task force that will put plans together quickly to clean up the oil and to have Plan B ready if the top kill fails.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Clint Rodgers

    We've just started to see the impact of this oil mess. The economy hasn't even responded to the loss of jobs or tourist revenue. This may well be the final blow we've been dreading.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Dana in North Carolina

    Part of the delay in this process are the people who are trying to cover their behinds in this mess. Too many people have been greasing up each others palms, backsides and everything in between. The legislation that was there to protect was removed by the prior administration. Now there will probably be a company that gets a multi-million dollar contract to clean this up. Just a little to easy don't you think?

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

    @diane, "...I do not believe any oil company understands how to fix this particular problem....which is why there was no solution at hand."

    You are absolutely right, that is why I don't understand why the government gave them a permit to drill at that depth.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    That's not right, this person should sue! An ATF agent shouldn't be treated this way. He put his life for his country.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  41. Cedric Raymond

    Hi all from Canada. Hard to see why people are trying to blame president for the oil spill. The real culprit is poor regulations poorly enforced. They didn't install the equipment regulated, training was neglected, and some negligence on the part of employees. Relaxed regulation, relaxed company, relaxed workers and you have potential realized.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  42. Charles Richeson

    Anderson, Just like most of your other guests tonight, Like Mr Carver, I am at a loss for words as to why this catastrophe has been allowed to continue on and on.

    Before this is over with, I truly believe this will be the greatest earthly castrophe since the great flood in Noah's time.

    Thanks very much !

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  43. Tom K

    I heard that the most BP is liable for is 76 million dollars...can anyone verify that? If that is true it explains why BP is not excessively worried about the situation. 76 million will be a drop in the oil barrel as far as the total costs of this disaster will amount to. The more I watch the live video feed the more disgusted I get with BP and the Obama administration

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Ky'Anne

    For every action there is an equal and opposite action...are you prepare for what will come next...if this is not a a wake up call...to win you have to stop getting people who are using the devil's math to solve this problem that needs a Godly solution...we need simple answers that make sense...my tab so far is 5 billion...and if you don't prepare for the storm...then 6 billion because i have already warned you. have you thought of irrigation canals to drain the oil off for containment/cleanup...if you can't beat it, guide it. before it further damages the shore?...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  45. Jim Wilson

    I would like to know just what BP thinks is at stake here. There using this poisonous dispersent as if its going to mitigate the damages that there going to be responsible for. They need to forget about trying to hide anything. If they don't get this well from hell under control, Mankind could be wiped off the face of the Earth. The oil is going to kill the oxygen producing mechanisms of the oceans. Once the entire oceans of the world are covered, the rain making weather systems will stop. No rain , No food, no rivers, no vegetation, no oxygen producing mechanisms on land. Its that serious. There has never been a threat to mankind as serious as this. This oil well could very well be a planet killer, God help us all.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  46. Emily

    ATF story by Abbie....I don't understand why someone who did something correct is under fire for it! Is what he reported under investigation?

    If not, why both? Also, why has ATF not had a Director for four years?!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  47. Adam

    Why does the President need to see first-hand the devastation to the wildlife from the oil spill? I'm sure he has a TV tuned-in to AC360 and make some command decisions now from his office.

    Why do we react with immediacy to disasters like the earthquakes in Haiti and can't do the same for our own people here in the U.S.?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Jennifer in SE Tx.

    Why are we not accepting the help other countries have been so kind to offer?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  49. Todd Bennett

    Your country is under attack by this mess. Why is your government not in charge? Makes know sense? Todd , your brother from Canada.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  50. Nancy in Oregon

    He was, Emily. The world needs more like Art Linkletter.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
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