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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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. Ann

    The President needs someone like General Honore- who is from the coast, understands the people and what they can do to help, and knows what rules to break to help clean up BP's Oil Leak.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  2. David Arbour, Baton Rouge

    Anderson, as a Louisiana resident I want to thank you and CNN for presenting the true picture of conditions in our coastal marsh. I urge your viewers to demand action from President Obama to prevent further damage here and elsewhere.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  3. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    ✫ Good night ☾ May God shine down on you all. Especially the gulf coast.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Megan

    The Coast Guard and B.P need to stop playing the "blame game" and need to start coming out with a plan. The wildlife is dying dramatically. The economy for those Gulf States is going to be devastated. The Obama administration need to get in gear as well. Clearly nothing is being done. Thanks Anderson for keeping us informed.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Kim

    I am very saddened by all this. I just don't understand why no one is taking action in a timely manner. This is our environment were talking about, not to mention the poor suffering animlas that are dying. I live in Florida and I'm very afraid it is goign to come here.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  6. David, Indiana

    @Starr Here's a plan, pick up the absorbably booms. Are you saying there are no answers to those basic questions.

    I continue to wonder what is the overall circumstance for clean up in all respects? The overview.

    Interesting conversation with David Gergen. Why haven't the booms been picked up? Who is supposed to do that? Who is supposed to monitor that? Does the national incident command that i've heard about have the answers to those questions?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  7. jordan leighton

    The estimated oil spilled to date.Spread 1 inch thick.Would cover how much area?A small city?large city? state????????

    May 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "a photo opt can be used against you too! "

    Obama really doesn't have a choice now, so he might as well get something out of it.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Raj

    I am also disappointed by the way president obama is handling this matter.even people who supported all his actions are disappointed with him now.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  10. Phillipe

    This catastrophe highlights an issue that plagues this country. I understand the extreme conditions underwhich this disaster has occured due to its being a mile below water, but the response time was extremely late. Both in Katrina this oil spill the response time of the government has been horrible. Louisianians are very resiliant people but both of these disasters have put brought the state to its knees. We have sacrificed so much to meet the energy and seafood needs of this country, yet we have gotten so little in return. We are treated like second class citizens.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Lee

    We here near Lake Michigan have watched in horror as this nightmare unfolds in the Gulf, and I don't know how we'd cope if it were happening in Lake Michigan. Everyone is devastated for the Gulf region, and our hearts are breaking as we witness this very sad tragedy.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  12. David Sisters OR

    Never thought I'd live to see a preacher or politician actually cry real tears, but I think Bill Ningesser actualoy was. I feel for all those folks down there>

    May 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Joan

    Anderson, thanks for the great reporting.

    I think we're all just heartsick and hopefully things will begin to move soon.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Jen R

    I think the Katrina and BP situations are fairly different because the government is responsible for responding to a natural disaster whereas by legislation BP is responsible for taking care of this and can pretty much exclude the government and everyone else.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Helen

    The same thing that happened to Bush is Happening to Obama. Incompetent people working for him and the media piles on. I guess Obama knows now how Bush felt.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  16. margaret

    BP would be stupid to admit to the amount of oil that is being poured into the gulf. BP would much rather want to drill a relief well than LOSE their precious oil. As for the Disperment Chemicals that are Toxic being used is just plain Stupidity or outright Lack of Concern towards the environment and the people who live there. Let the lawsuits begin !!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Jeff

    This is a national embarassment. Where are the clean up crews?? I feel bad for Gov. Jindal and the president of that Parish with the oil soaked marshes. If BP can't take control where is Washington? Once again another mangled response to a disaster. Remember Katrina. It sure makes me feel safe

    May 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Diane Berube Canada

    Thank you for another wonderful, informative show.
    My regrets, I will be unable to join tomorrows’ as I’ll be volunteering at a plant auction and it’s unlikely that I’ll get out early enough.
    I am so worried about all that oil, please stay safe down there.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    As usual David G. hit the bull's eye with his comments.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Diane Berube Canada

    Instead of being careful for what you wish for, I think it should be WHEN. The military should’ve been there from the start, helping.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Now this is something I thought i would Never see...Haley Barber Defending Pres. Obama!

    However, i do believe that Pres. Obama has either not been well informed or is out of touch.

    Again, David G. makes EXcellent points and asks excellent points! I agree with his sense of bewilderment at the outright stunning LACK of any action from Anyone....especially the Pres.

    And, Anderson You are right about NOAH and dispersants. I so appreciate your passion on this topic and you being there, in the field.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Lori

    The coast line should have been protected from the start if even as a precautionary measure.

    Good night everyone! Sweet dreams.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Pegi from Columbia,Ms

    For 37 years my family has worked in oil in the Gulf. This is such a tragedy. People around the world cannot comprehend this. We need a leader. Blam e can come later. Someone has to take charge that knows what they are doing. I hate to see the government get involved as they are in too much already, but we need HELP! Thanks for keeping us alive down here Anderson.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Do we have any idea how long the effects of this spill will last? and how long will we keep BP "accountable"? I'm guessing it will be at least a couple of years before we really know the impact.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    This is the oil companies mess, not the Obama's.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Tammie Gaskins

    Why has the flow density changed? The amount of flow and the speed ? Seems to me that cannot be good

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Adam

    I believe we as Americans need to immediately boycott BP. They are usually 20 cents per gallon more than the competitors in my neighborhood. They have the money to clean it up. So, I feel they will take their dear time in dealing with this since they have to pay for it.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Martina

    People do not want government involvement in big business. I heard that was socialism. What has changed now? Now everybody want the government to do something. You cant have your cake and eat it also.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Jono Rabley

    Hello AC and Team;
    Thanks for the great / honest coverage. It's unfortunate but obvious; the all mighty dollar and legal/politics (what it will cost BP to implement this procedure vs an alternative; etc) is still controlling the decisions for cleanup. That's why nothing is getting done. To properly establish clean up procedures and countermeasures ; what it will cost can not be put in the equation for quit sometime; or influence what is best for the environment and mankind..At least for something of this magnitude.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Todd Bennett

    Again , you have been under attack for a month. Letting a Corporation determine what is happening to you is purely insane!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Emily

    and the "top minds" from any where in the world!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Sharon from Mandeville La

    There are at least 14000 Louisianians who haved volunteered tohelp clean this mess up. Bp has not contacted anyone and they will not allow any of us near any of the beaches and marshes. They threaten arrest and more To anyone crossing their lines

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Anderson and David Gergen for pointing out the double standard of how Bush was treated vs. Obama.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  34. greg Upshur the Mustang Chef

    I thought they might freeze it shut with a large tank oF Liquid Nitrogen, open valves of LN along the pipe and gradually freezing it from the outside in...like a bad artery ..closing it off

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @David Gergen, Thank you for your honesty! It never helps to ignore the facts, no matter who it may protect.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  36. teresa, kent, oh

    we need to pray that top kill works. I dont see that there is much more of a choice. pray.. so simple and yet, it sometimes works : )

    it doesnt help to moan about Obama and BP. we have an incredibly dangerous situation and blaming isnt going to help. if someone has a better solution to fix the leak, please contact BP.

    as for me, I'm gonna pray for top kill to work and SOON and I'm gonna pray for those BP executives ... why the execs? Cuz their the ones calling the shots for now.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Kenya

    Is the President doing enough?? How about, what is he doing except talking about it?? Absolutely NOTHING. He'll be there on Friday well...most of the sea life in the Gulf of Mexico will be dead and gone by then. I'm so upset.
    AC and CNN..keep being the voice of this disaster. The only reason BP is avoiding you is because they are cowards and if you interview them they will be unable to answer...you will put them on blast as you rightfully should.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  38. alex chotalal

    Speard a bed of corn straw, peat moss, and grass outside the wet lands. This will prevent the oil from going further into the swamp. When the spill is over this bed can be harvested.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Wesley Jester

    I think I can sum it up in just a matter of words, "The Death of an Eco-System". The amount of oil that has spilled out into the Gulf will essentially, without a doubt, have a direct impact on the continued survival of many species over the course of the next few years. British Petroleum has been idly standing by trying to get "The right tool for the job". Meanwhile, the Earth continues to bleed out.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  40. Paul K

    You don't have to be a scientist or Petro engineer to pick up oil. The people there should get every man, woman and child with a boat to load up the boat with containers and go out and pick up use buckets to pick up every gallon they can. Set up tankers at the marinas where they can offload the oil and then they can go out and pick up some more.

    If every skiff and runabout had 4or 5 55 gallon garbage cans on their boat and a bucket to skim the oil, they could at least remove the near shore oil before it hits the marshes.

    The military is useless in stopping the leak but they sure could help skim the oil near shore.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  41. anne moore

    thank god for anderson's reporting. why did bp not immediately save the coastline?all the oil needs to be sucked out of the marshes. i have been there, the gulf and the marshes are too precious to lose. come on barack, get things going now!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  42. Lisa Hidalgo

    I cannot imagine anyone watching this and not be sickened by the affects of all this oil on not only our waters but our wildlife is not human. To see the pelicans covered in oil was enough to get me sick. I live and fish in LA. and I am sick with the thought of the loss of a way of life. Shame on you BP...Shame on YOU!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Nice see David Gergen with us tonight, He have good point there, I hope he is right about that, would have stop oil drilling move on without problem.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  44. lisal -canada

    wonder where those wiretaps were headed – would it not be JUST TOO FUNNY if they were installed somewhere in BP and MMS offices!! well... truth is so often stranger than fiction... could screen-writers have come up with anything more horrific – kind of reminds me of 'the abyss' in 3d

    May 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "It's a bird; it's a plan. It is the President to the rescue!"

    May 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Emily

    That was a great statement that David Gergen made, and likely accurate too....
    James & Mary have been two people that are wonderful about speaking out about what is going on in New Orleans for both sides, and no sides, but the truth.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  47. Alison

    There is no reason why the federal government cannot take charge of the clean up efforts immediately. President Obama is too busy fundraising and needs to get his priorities straight.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Steve Moretti

    I can't believe that there wasn't some sort of safety protocol in place to deal with this type of "unexpected" disaster. Especially, since we have so many rigs in the waters. You would think our government would insist on this prior to final approval of an oil rig.

    We have so many protocols in place in our government that unfortunately get in the way of actually getting something done. Why not?? Oh, yeah...it's all about the MONEY!

    I say to all Americans: DO NOT go to a BP station to fill up your car. That will send a real quick message.

    Thank you for your great work!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Amy, MI

    It's obvious to me that the blame should fall squarely on BP for their lack of action in the use of a part that would have cost $500,000. Now, there is an oil spill of epic proportions that will undoubtedly take decades for the ocean to recover from and likely billions of dollars to clean up. This isn't including the number of people who will be out of a job because their fishing or shrimping business is closed; the oil contaminates their catch as they bring it out of the water. BP's lack of action in the beginning of this chain of events is a cause for the growing unemployment rate in the Gulf states and they should have to pay reparations to those affected for their lack of foresight and common sense. Am I wrong on this or am I right?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Libby

    While lawmakers and some in the public are saying that "the government should take over", on Rick Sanchez today.... all of the government agencies they keep talking about, insisted that they just don't have the expertise that BP and other oil companies have.

    I am VERY happy to hear that President Obama is giving an hour plus long press conference tomorrow!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
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