May 27th, 2010
10:10 PM ET

AC360 on the Gulf Coast: 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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  1. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    BP made 6.4 billion dollars in first 3 months of this year! They only paid 35 million so far for all the mess they created...

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Thursday night!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Jerry Todd

    Where was the media three weeks ago? I felt like you guys dropped the ball too. I searched for info about what was hapening one weekend and no one was covering it! There should have been every professional available from Woods Hole and more rounded up by our Govt to solve this quickly. I knew this was going to happen. Again!!! Why were they ever allowed to drill without a quick fix to any problems?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great you are staying in Louisiana to cover the oil spill. It's terribly sad to see the images of the oil reaching the coastline–and its consequences.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  5. sboyd

    Until each of us does our share of cutting down on energy use, we are all to blame.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nicole The Netherlands, "lot of people think the BP video is a loop"

    I would not put it past BP.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Lori

    I wonder how flammable the spilled oil is?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  8. hannah stafford

    Ever since the oil spill happened,the government has hit bottom. I have just have a few words that I need to express. To Mr. President,he needs to step up to the plate and be a man. He is not helping at all with the devastating situation. By the time they fix this tragic accident,the fish and wildlife population will decrease.I have very strong feelings and relations with the wildlife. I will be heartbroken if this ends badly. Which we all know it will if President Obama or who ever is trying to fix it,does not do anything SOON! Some people are just sitting around watching this happen. But me,I actually care. One voice could be a million,if you just help. It is bad for a 14 year old to tell someone to do something before it becomes a terrible and tragic loss of wildlife population. Hear me out,please help. that is all i ask.
    -Hannah Stafford.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  9. joeinalabama

    The gas line at the local BP appears to be getting shorter as the days go by We will see sage brush rolling in the parking lots by the end of next week if topkill does not work

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Amy

    Why can't they suck all the water that has the oil in it and take it back to land and separate the oil from the water then put the water back in the ocean. I would think that would have been easier than trying to burn it, use skimmers, and cleaning, shoveling and bagging it off the shore. This would have stopped the impact that the oil is having on the beaches, wetlands, wildlife, jobs and the way of life of lots of people.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Dan, the answer is no one is the point man. Where is the Director of FEMA? Thad Allen is Commandant of the Coast Guard, but appears to have no jurisdiction over other federal agencies or BP. Obama has a dozen czars; well this really needs one.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Mike in Savannah,GA

    No one should pull into a BP station until the mess is cleaned up.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  13. Philip T. Williamson II, Pensacola, Florida

    Hi Anderson....Keep up the good reporting. My question that should be asked is why oil spill containment procedures were not put into effect from day one when the Transocean/BP drilling rig exploded to protect the wetlands of Louisiana now polluted with oil from the destroyed drilling rig. We all know that that most of the oil drilling and production in the Gulf of Mexico is just off the coast of Louisiana and therefore the threat of such a travesty as this is a reality.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  14. Terry from Black Mountain, NC

    And, yes General Honoree should be put in charge....

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  15. Lori

    Does anyone know why there are no women representing BP?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Diane Berube Canada

    By accepting these checks are they signing wavers on future settlements. Small print is evil.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  17. Nicole The Netherlands

    I do hope that the president tomorrow will take hours on a boat, like Anderson did, (maybe different places) without the photo opps just witnessing...
    I trust he will take action

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  18. Chris

    I have been watching this since day 1. The one thing I have learned is we cannot believe anything that BP has to say. They are concerned with their bottom line only. They will never be more concerned with our coastline than we are. We need to take over the clean up, we need to do what needs to be done to stop this leak, and we need to send them the bill. We need to boycott BP, and we as the citizens of the United States need to bring a law suit against them for neglegence. BP is bragging that the cost to clean this up will be nothing but a blip on their radar. We need to make it more than a blip. They do not care for us. They will do what they think needs to be done as cheaply as it can be done. At the end of the day they will go home and we own a coastline that is full of oil. We have no idea how this will affect the eco system.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  19. David, Indiana

    According to CNN Com Gulf oil spill by the numbers, there are 22,000 peopel working clean up on this spill, there are over a thousand ships, skimmers, tugs, barges recovery vessels being used in the cleanup, 11.1 million gallons of oil water have been collected. 54,000 square miles of the gulf, 22 percent of its waters are closed to fishing.

    The flattening out of the command structure you just mentioned in your interview with James Carville and Mary Matlin is a good response, as is the putting equip in place to work the marsh.

    The point there is response, but the communication could be much improved, and gulf residents should be listened to much better direct response and truly prevent and clean up damage.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    JD Elder,
    Yes, They did say. I think so.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Nancy in Oregon

    I totally agree Kristi....that is what really turns me off and makes me turn the channel finally.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Steve

    There is very little, if anything, positive that could come from the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. However, perhaps this event may signify an end ton the arrogance of the oil companies that made record profits thru economic times that were challenging for most individuals and firms. I have always maintained that the oil compnies were the unsung culprits in the economic meltdown. Gas prices were soaring while North American economies were hemmoraging. My hope is that President Obama recognizes the arroagance of BP and moves the country in a fast track fashion into reliance on clean alternative energies.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Susan Ashley


    After hearing James Carville's plea for help and his comment on the deafening silence in the gulf, I'm wondering where all the oil tankers are? Aren't there tankers available that could scoop up oil laden water on a large scale and help with the clean up?

    It really seems as if the clean up is nonexistent. Obama said the government had been taking action since day one. What exactly has been happening with the clean up?

    Thanks, as always for your outstanding reporting.


    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Merida

    Please keep the fire on BP! The gulf coast deserves so much more.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  25. John Byce, Binghamton, New York

    Anderson, first since you and your crew were in the marsh(s), did you feel threatened by the toxic condition (did you or your crew experence any ill effects?), and secondly could you describe the smell(s) you encountered.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  27. James

    Media has been using the terms "gallons" and "barrels" interchangeably. Anderson just did it talking with Carville and Matalin. He said the spill is 12,000 to 19,000 gallons per day. Not so, it's 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day. A barrel is approx. 50 gallons. If you are going to report the volume, do it right.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If BP is still considering the "Junk Shot" then "Top Kill" is not going as planned.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Patrick

    They need to expand the scope and scale of the clean up effort, to include many of the smaller companies that offer unique products like MOP (Maximum Oil Pickup). Their booms all others and are reusable. Their sorbent can pick up 30X's it own weight in oil. Please look at these alternatives!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Carolyn Goodell

    Has the government verified the 'live feed'? It sure looks fishy to me, the left side or plume never rises upward.It appears to cycle every few seconds, but sure looks fake. How do we know what is going on when they just announced that the top kill was off for 16 hours???

    May 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  31. mike, from Jordan Ontario

    At what point do you ask other experts or governments for help? I'm afraid that trying to take care of this problem "in house" is failing.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  32. craig pullen

    A good question might be, "What will BP or the gov do when the Hurricanes pick up this oil slick and smear it on every building , car , buisness and piece of land wiyhin 20 miles of the coast. It's coming America!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  33. cynthia

    In regards to all this devasting oil spill.. why has the USA never looked at the future potential of spills happening? My main thought on this issue is that why are there not styrofoam breakers (curtains) on the bottom of the ocean where they can be unrolled and collect the oil? I myself believe if there were styrofoam breakers placed miles long along the Gulf shore most of the oil would not have reached the shore? How much intelligence and love of the USA's enviromental safety does it take to take care of our beautiful country? I believe on the lower layer of the ocean there should be rolled thin curtains of styrofoam that can be unrolled to the surface of ocean to protect the shorelines? Am I the only person who has thought of this? Please help to protect our shorelines with more aggressive and safe ways of prevention!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  34. Howard

    Rather than letting the oil continue to flow so that they can recover what they can why can't they lower a large concrete cap weighing thousands of pounds on top of the leak to cap it off and stop it. I am sure it would be the same thing as capping off an oil well on land. Howard

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nancy....you do make an interesting point. From what little reporting i have heard about the two Korea's, it is sounding more and more ominus.

    You could possibly be right that this issue could be quite distracting from Mr. Obama.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  36. Stan, Canada

    Tracking the marine vessels online, in and around the Gulf oil spill site, it's pretty interesting to see the types of vessels that are out there.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Christie

    This hurricane season entered my mind about three weeks ago why has it take so long for the rest of the people to catch up? I don't have a degree or a specialty I have common sense. Wake up and realize that as long as we as a nation are dependent on oil this can and will happen again.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Dan

    Everyone keeps touching on the subject but keeps missing the target...who is the point man? President Obama wasn't there from the beginning, BP execs are running everything through PR first, Coast Guard is sitting in the middle and no one is in control at the front. Who is the point man? Where are the workers working at? Where is the transparency of the Fed on this? I would say it is high time that the players involved give the power, authority, resources, and funding to the Governer of Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Florida before this mess is taken beyond those boarders into the heartland of America by way of hurricane(s). Can you help shed the light on this?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  39. Lib Singingwolf

    the president takes responsibility, the fingers point in every direction, but the fact is WE, each of us in this country, are responsible because of our varacious appetite for oil. WE have to change, not just symbolic boycotts, we have to give up our addiction to individual transport, we have to walk more, live closer to work, stop this insane life lived in bumper to bumper traffic. It's not easy. When my husband and I were young, in the seventies, we experienced the gas crisis, disgusting tar balls on the gulf beaches from Ixtok, crude oil flavored sea food and believed Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' we believed we could make a difference by not driving and minimizing energy consumption. unfortunately i think we were the only two people on the planet who even tried individual change. We held out for nearly five years and the social/financial cost to us was horrific. WE as individual participants in this country MUST change our energy consumption patterns if we want to prevent future disasters like this.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  40. Terry from Black Mountain, NC

    Yes, Anderson, I think Mrs Caravelle hit the nail on the head....Pee Wee Herman might as well be in charge.... left hand and right hand theory.... misinformation between the two...BP and Govt.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Renee

    Are there any organizations rallying in DC? Someone needs to ban everyone together and march across America to help our fellow Americans in the Gulf. Tea Party? Sarah Palin?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  42. clysta

    I watched the report about the 1979 gulf spill and all the things they tried that didn't work. 1979 was a long time ago and it seems that in those years we have made 0 progress in understanding how to deal with a mess like this. The same company made that equipment just under a different name and the only thing that worked was a relief well. all the methods were the same ones being tried now. Where is the learning curve. It all should be stopped until we know how to deal with the disasters it can cause. I am praying for the animals and the people in our wonderful gulf coast.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  43. John - Vicksburg, MS

    If the leak continued until the oil reservoir below were emptied then how much oil would we be dealing with and what would be the impact?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  44. joeinalabama

    If this does not work we have some very serious problems to look forward to for quite some time along the gulf coast

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Chris

    Anderson & CNN, are the only reason there doing anything about it now. Thanks for the coverage. I just wish they would have caught on 30 days ago. If Obama is being honest, saying the federal governments been in charge the whole time, then they should all be fired, from the bottom to the top.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Thank You Anderson for highlighting the plight of the families who lost members, and also for those who got hurt.

    I would also love to see you take up the case of them forcing employees to sign contractors before rescuing them and moving them to a safer land

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  47. NMercado, Ph.D.

    I hope the President gets really angry when he goes to Louisiana tomorrow. He needs to get angry and have a tighter control over BP. BP is not to be trusted. They seem very arrogant. First, they simply disregard the mandate EPA gave them concerning the dispersant and now, they turn off the "top kill" operation for 16 hours and apparently don't inform Thad Allan about it.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Victor gonzalez

    BP has been lying since day one and they continue to lye i hope when the president takes his tour its with a civilian not a BP rep. Because they gonna show the pres. The area thats not that damaged the president needs to see what is really going on . Keep revealing everything anderson let the peolpe know the TRUTH . MAKE BP PAY.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Chad, do you know more about this corexit stuff?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Lori

    This is quite a story. I am looking forward to the day when we hear that the oil flow has stopped.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
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