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. B P Delaney

    I only ask if there are any federal agency officials out on the ships at the site?
    It seems that the government is still uninformed as to minute by minute activities on the site.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Dave Bambrough

    Why would this type of drilling be allowed without a plan in place to deal with such an accident?. Hopefully they will have one in place when the next one happens. (and it will).

    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  3. NMercado, Ph.D.

    It never ceases to amaze me how greedy certain human beings are that they would destroy other people and their environment even if it means their own children and grandchildren will be left with an environmental mess. I feel so heart broken over the destruction of the environment and the animals. These poor creatures are innocent. Certain people only care about their own immediate profit, their bottom line...nothing else!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The federal response, or lack thereof, could be a case study at Harvard Business School.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Starr, seen an interview today with Clint Guidry from the Louisiana Shrimp association, he stated that BP prevented clean up crew from wearing respirators...
    So, yes BP "very nice company"

    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Christie

    How deep was the 1979 spill? I keep missing that...

    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jeff Karer,
    No. I don't think so Dick Cheney didn't want to drill oil not keeping going.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    With a terrible safety record like BP has, the government should have been watching them carefully. Since BP was negligent in correcting the safety hazzards from the Texas City explosion, the Obama administration should not have been granting them any favors by allowing them to bypass the impact study.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nancy- good point about the 11 men lost.

    No formal funeral with the Pres., VP, or any REP's or SEN'S that i am aware of.

    Truly shameful that these men have Not been honored!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Barbara Callahan Shreveport, LA

    Great Job Anderson, Hope you nail their heads to the grindstone. That press conference today was nothing but a Circus & lies !
    BP needs to pay with blood & then rot in Jail !

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  11. caroline

    Senator Inhofe, R-OK, wants BP's liability cap to be set at 75 million. He vows to filabuster. It needs to be Unlimited – Whatever It Takes for everyone affected. The entire LA coast is devastated and who knows where the oil will spread. These people, not BP, need an ally in Congress.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  12. Smith in Oregon

    Death on the high seas, come on. This is US territorial waters, not high seas without nationality. That is a crass misjudgment to not award any help to those Oil rig workers that were only 50 miles offshore.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  13. joeinalabama

    Were are the other oil companies Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron etc. I think these are the people who they need to turn to for help

    May 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    None of the family members have been forgotten through all of this oil spill. I wish all of the families well in their loss.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  15. John - Vicksburg, MS

    Someone please tell me how much oil is estimated in this reservoir?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  16. Lori

    Mr. Jones testimony is heart breaking.

    These accidents do follow companies like a credit rating. It will affect the companies' abilities to bid on future work within the next decade.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Nancy in Oregon

    Dave M, the media (and public) can be very fickle.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I hope this incident in retrospective becomes energy behind Picken's initiatives. Congress has been sitting on those initiatives for years together even when funding was available and was sponsored.

    Time to do something for the country Congress!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  19. Kathryn - Plym Mtg PA

    How sad, that parents have to speak up on this issue. We know that they will never recover from this loss.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  20. J Langenecker

    AC , I think that BP and RIG did non't tell us that they shut down mud pummping because they knew that the stock price was going up because after market data said it was working and there was a lot of money traded

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  21. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Jo Ann 10;32 I almost laughed about your comment... what a crazy reality this is

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  22. teresa, kent, oh

    @sboyd: right on : )

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  23. Smith in Oregon

    I agree with T. Boone Pickens, it appears that old Dick (shooter) Cheney's buddys in Halliburton were the culprits and should be called up on criminal Manslaughter charges in their negligence which caused the deaths of 11 Oil rig workers.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Helen

    I don't believe T Boone Pickens defend BP by saying accident happened.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Clovis

    Anderson, why didn't you ask Mary and James Carville what she thinks now of her old boss Cheney's energy policy he gave to the oil companies to write? Finally, we get to see someone suffer that was responsible for this mess to begin with. I'm only sorry for the others.
    Drill Baby Drill.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson is doing great job reporting from Louisiana this week.
    I agree all of you, That was so devastion to see this, Oil spill still leaking now, I hope it will stop anytime.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  27. Diane Berube Canada

    I think PB might be hard pressed to find a woman that could say what they want them to, given the circumstances. Too much devastation.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Lisa, "Obama didn't cause this horrible accident"

    He may not have caused it, but his administration contributed to it by allowing conditions to exist that contributed to this happening, such as granting BP a "categorical exclusion" from the impact study and extensions to that exclusion.

    Also, they should have known that the MMS was too "cozy" with the oil companies and were not doing their job. Who is overseeing the inspectors?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Courtney Mann

    The more I watch this....seriously, what the heck has happened to the country of America??? How could this even be allowed to continue like this? We are being run by the mentally ill. Screw cleanup for profit. So BP can gather all the oil that has been spilled and make more $$ they are allowed to run our country, our government? Are you kidding me???

    All of the corrupt need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and then some. The amount of life they have killed for an indefinite period of time and no remorse. Those who show no respect for life deserve no respect back.

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

    This one mishap by BP has cost us the livelihood of our town, Bayou La Batre, Alabama. We are (were) the Seafood Capitol of the Gulf Coast. We beat the odds and survived Katrina, but BP's man-made mess will take decades to recover from. How long will BP be around forking out money to try and make us whole again? No amount of money can make you whole, when what you have lost is irreplaceable!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  31. Smith in Oregon

    Bush-Cheney drastically gutted the environmental impact study timeframe to a mere and impossible 30 days creating this ticking timebomb which had no environmental impact study nor any contingency plan drawn up as a direct result. The Federal MMA agency simply rubber stamped the drilling leases.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  32. Kathy

    Hurricane season is right around the corner, if the spill is not cleaned up before then it's going to be an even bigger disaster than it is now.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  33. Charles A. Bowsher

    To Dave M, rachell maddox covered it last night.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  34. John - Vicksburg, MS

    BP will end up doing like Exxon and not pay much of nothing and tie it up in the courts for the next 20 years.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Martina

    I can only hope that the Pres will dictate where he goes tomorrow and not listen to BP or his cronies

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Mark

    So is it clear to everyone now who really runs the country...wait I'm being to kind. I should have said who runs the planet.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  37. C. Groome

    Regarding the Gulf Oilspill –
    Its a sad thing.
    Can we volunteer now to help protect the coast that we cherish?
    There must be millions of people in the Gulf area who are willing to help.
    Any material suggestions to protect from the endless mess?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  38. dan from canada

    boone pickens doesnt put much faith in the top kill or the junk shot.obama and the whole gulf needs to prepare for the worst if this doesnt get fixed till august or sept when the relief wells will be ready.the pictures of the boat trips show how dead the gulf is quickly becoming

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

    BP needs to stop lying to all of us including the government. They need to pay up. They have destroyed the American Fisheries and not just for a season or two , but for generations to come. They need to pay for the clean up and the damage to the wildlife infrastructure the fisherman and the tourist trade. Not only do we have to worry about Louisiana, but what about the neighboring states and the gulf stream? The slick is already as big as Rhode Island. This is in the open ocean with the potential to affect the eastern seaboard and possibly the entire Atlantic Ocean. It could become a world killer

    May 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  40. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I agree with the local fishermen, BP is Not paying up to par.

    BP is going to want to look at last years earnings, which will be much less that what was anticipated for this year's harvest.

    I truly hope that Someone Will HOld BP by the feet until they Pay Up!

    Pay Up to Everyone. The US needs to sue them for damages (generational) to our wet lands and sanctuaries.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  41. Charles A. Bowsher

    Actually "barrels" of "Oil" are 44 gallons each (double check me), so 528,000 to 856,000 gallons of mucky, ugly oil every day!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Nicole The Netherlands

    @John good questions for Anderson
    I want to add an other question, what are the risks for the fisherman now employed to help clean up..?
    And who is paying these fisherman? BP?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Dave M

    Why no media mention of the 1979 Ixtoc Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Similar rig explosion and blowout, largest accidental spill ever. Took 10 months to plug, 3 million barrels leaked. People keep claiming Deepwater Horizon was the only spill like this.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  44. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    @ Mike formerly from syracuse,,,,RE: your ? about what gives BP the right to close access to state waters,,, when I was at the hairdresser today,,a few people brought that up and I sure would like to know the answer to that also

    May 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  45. Nancy in Oregon

    Well, starr, I do feel certain that this isn't the only red-hot issue that the White House must be dealing with. I think sometimes we get swayed by whatever the news channels cover....now, all of a sudden, the 11 men lost matter. Not two weeks ago, were they cared much about. I only trust media focus just so far (and partisan focus!) Like you, I have become somewhat cynical about some things....and those are two of them!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  46. John - Vicksburg, MS

    @Carolyn Goodell just as you post your comment the video changes to a different leak.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Michael

    If we collect 99% of the oil being spilled – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    asap strart to build a "oil collection ring" flotation miles in diameter which has deep aprons that zipper together as they extend below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on mudules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

    Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Jeff Karer

    Could Cheney's Energy Task Force have resulted in the lax enforcenment of this industry?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  49. NMercado, Ph.D.

    I think President Obama is doing everything he can. This is a major catastrophe and there are hundreds of federal people working on this. BP is not being up front. They're not being honest. I believe they're concern is the oil/money and not the environment nor the people who live in these areas. Some of these guys have to go to jail.

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

    This is an "environmental 9/11" and our government needs to respond to protect our environment from this and all the other threats facing us with the same vigor and commitment with which it has faced the threat of terrorism, because in many ways it is potentially as destructive to our country as any terror attack could be.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
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