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) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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  1. michael

    any ideas on why the are no offical fema declarations on the books this disaster

    May 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  2. dan from canada

    maybe the people who came to canada and saw the issues with a pool of dead ducks in the alberta oil sands and made it look like canada had \\dirty oil\\ should head to the gulf and see the death and destruction in the gulf after 38 days...wait till this goes till september!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Read between the line, the Feds are in control now!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  4. delores

    The fishermen that have been hired by BP to cleanup including the people working now have not received any pay so far and have not been told when they can expect any pay. How can they provide for their familys? You can't give the power company an IOU or tell your kids you will feed them again when you get paid.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  5. joeinalabama

    BP means big pockets and now it shows. They paid, they got careless, now they pay again

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  6. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I have heard today that there are ships used through out the world call "Skimmer Ships" that are used in situations where they will need to break up oil into smaller drops...

    Other countries have offered BP to send those ships to break the oil composure into smaller drops, but they havent accepted that offer either

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  7. charles greenan

    If something has to be done in a day or two and it takes six days to approve it: What is the point.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Is Thad Allen for real?????

    It is 36 days later and he is just now "assessing" it?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  9. John

    The broken pipe looks a lot like a broken pipe in a submarine. maybe we should have some of our sub mariners or their contractors look for a solution.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  10. Christie

    Now remember people that the rig was already there when Obama took office, how much has he had to deal with in a short time? Flooding in Nashville, Health care, Immigration backlash, and putting up with detractors like Palin who still think it's a good idea to drill in the Arctic and shoot defenseless animals from airplane. How could he have possibly known that this major disaster was in the works just waiting in the wings thanks to a previous administration? BP need to be help responsible for ALL of it. The cleanup, the reimbursement to all the monies lost in the fisheries and tourist trade in ALL states affected. They also need to be responsible for rebuilding and this area for years and years to come.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  11. leo

    empathy for family of workers killed on bp oil rig; disagree on law addendum;loss of income from family member should be covered by getting life insurance not by lawsuit of company.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  12. Lucy

    The American people deserve transparency from BP and the government regarding the status of the oil spill clean up. The fact that oil has been able to spill into the wetlands is inexcusable. I fear the reprecussions of this tragedy will not be felt immediately, and perhaps that explains our government's passive and dawdling attitude towards it. How can corporations be allowed to prioritize profits ahead of American lives?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  13. Chris O


    We need to stop this leak, and now. I can't understand why they can not stop this leak, is it because they want to try the cheapest way to stop it, or what? Thanks for making people honest!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    You're silly!!!! but I agree with you!!! 🙂

    May 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  15. Nancy in Oregon

    It does seem so, Cecil. Many would rather fight, stomp on and destroy more than they want to problem-solve or come together in a crisis. That is the saddest comment of all, to me.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  16. Kathryn - Plym Mtg PA

    Anderson, thank you for your hands on journalism. It means a great deal to all of us, as you are one person we know we can trust to bring us the truth.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  17. Lori

    BP is responsible by law to pick up the cost of clean up.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  18. Cliff Evans

    I am an engineer in the commercial nuclear power industry. I engineer products for nuclear power plants.
    My concern is that when the oil flow is stopped by the drilling mud, an instant build up of hydraulic pressure will occur. I hope that the containment structures were designed with this type of pressure in mind. If not there could be a failure that we may not be able to recover from.
    I believe that a pressure relief tube should be incorporated to vent oil pressure to the surface.
    Let me know your thoughts.

    Cliff Evans

    May 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  19. Larry Glenn (retired Port Angeles Wn. Fire Chief

    Chief May 27th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

    I commented last night and you are still "moderating?'
    The bottom line to my comments were that oil boom does nothing but allow oil on both sides of the boom. Skimmers and barges to contain the oil skimmed is the only answer. You can't prevent a major spill, but it can be cleaned up. My comments come from being involved in a 300,000 gallon spill in Port Angeles in 1985.
    Finally, you can't put your trust in the spiller or the Coast Guard. One will lie and the other doesn't know what to do. Private industry must get involved.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Cecil, even people in the President's own party are expressing concern at his lack of action. I think the response is not very political. Democrats, Republicans and Independents are all asking where the President is.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Smith in Oregon

    President Obama should now implement legislation which Canada has in place along with many other countrys. Big Oil is required in those countrys when drilling in any environmentally sensitive area to have a relief well drilled at the same time as the exploratory well is drilled in case of accidents such as the current one in the Gulf of Mexico.

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

    Anderson, don't know if you can take an question from me, but can you please, again adress the dispersants? I am so worried about this stuff!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  23. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    With everything that is happening,,its true that the 11 men who died in this horrific disaster have not been given much recognition...
    I hope that they know that so many people are praying for them. My heart goes out to them It has to be torture for these families to watch this every day.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  24. Joan

    Kathryn, yes. I'm so sorry for them. I wonder what their blue ribbons have printed on them. Probably Gordon Jones' name. So sad.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  25. Audie

    i will never buy any bp fuel again,because of the dishonesty involved in this tradegy.Wait until we hear the real truth if it ever comes out.We cannot trust any govt. agency,oil company, or politician. BP and the other oil companys own our government and always will.Still waiting 8 years left for the promise of natural gas!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  26. Alan Atlanta

    I heard 3 times on CNN the idea of placing large supertankers in the Gulf to collect the oil.

    The past President of Shell mentioned this twice as what should be done rather than using poisonous dispersants.

    I wish Anderson Cooper would as the Coast Guard why this has not been done. It sounds like an obviously good idea.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  27. Lori

    @Jo Ann from Ohio: Unfortunately, the entitlement for drilling given to BP based on a Categorical Exclusion is standard practice for many projects.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Although I think Obama needs to spend time looking at the destruction I don't think anyone really needs to view it in person to understand the devastation. The footage we have seen on CNN and elsewhere is evidence enough.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  29. Nancy in Oregon

    (and yet, starr, like we just said....so many other red-hot realities going on simultaneously....which is exactly what happens. We individuals, the media, the President-and every single other entity- can only focus on just so many things at a time without totally shattering. Multi-tasking can't properly handle every single task!)

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  30. Dave, woodbine md

    I will never in good conscienence understand how BP personnel cannot understand why these families have not been taken care of. As the Dad of one of the workers appeared on tv, heart wrenching story. Hang em. seize the bank accounts and hold them accountable for all events leading up to and until this is completely cleaned up. thanks

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  31. Sarah

    AC thank you so much for tonights show... we need a sense of urgency to fix this that our government isn't getting...I'm at the Jersey shore and understand how this has potential nationwide if not global impact. But alot of my co-workers didn't even know what was happening in the Gulf! Please keep this on the front page..keep the pressure on BP and our government...educate your friends. Gulf coast residents do what you have to do to save your coastline!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Charles A. Bowsher

    Anderson, Please ask Commander Allen to force BP to publish on-line all and I mean all responses to the horizon info centers call for suggestions. They are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and if they would publish them the solver community out here would sort them by type and category so instead of 7,800 or more they need only look at a few dozen or at most a few hundred. thanks charles

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  33. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Again, a true travesty to the 11 men and their families, that Not even the companys involved with this "accident", especially BP can take the time or give the courtesy of "truly sorry for your loss".

    Shameful & Unbelievable, except when you observe every thing that has gone on in this BP fiasco.

    To the families of the 11 fallen from the BP accident, me, my family and my friends have had you in our prayers and thoughts since the day of the accident and will continue to do so until the cause for the accident is found.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  34. Barbara Callahan Shreveport, LA

    ANDERSON You are the best ! I hope you make sure that BP does not get through that loop hole about people dying at sea not getting any money ! This would just be adding insult to injury...OMG ...That must not happen !

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  35. m.d.cooper

    every body is talking about BP paying for the damages on the gulf coast ! that could take for ever because EXXON still has not paid for all the claims in ALASKA oil spill ! check on that and you will be suprised!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    BP is picking up the cleanup bill?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I believe Transocean and its insurance company are both suing BP now for failure of acceptance and compliance about the safety measures that Transocean recommended.

    Insurance companies representing all these sub-firms will now go after BP and will not pay anything until the cases are resolved. What about tiny mom & dad firms who provide limited services?

    Arent insurance companies just as bad?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  38. Smith in Oregon

    I fully agree with T. Boone Pickens on the lack of media coverage and lack of support the grieving family's of the 11 Oil workers have received after giving their lives COMPARED to the recent Coal Miners who died in a West Virgina coal mine.

    In both cases, the parent company wasn't reported to even been around to the family's Massey Energy in the Coal Mine accident, BP in the current Gulf Oil Rig explosion.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  39. SteveL

    Wish I could suggest to Obama that he recall some overseas military to help us here at home to protect our lands.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Kenya

    God rest their souls.
    I'll be tuning in tomorrow I hope all you bolggers will as well. I've enjoyed reading your comments.
    Goodnight AC, everyone, CNN good work.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  41. joeinalabama

    You are probally right on the money lori. This will leave a sour taste in the mouth for a long time i am not sure that they can recover if this is not stopped

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Martina

    Is there a boycott going on? Is there anywhere that we can boycott their oil. the company is in Switzerland and Britain, how can we the little people hurt them in the pocketbook. there must be a way, their stock was up today...they are still making money.
    there must be a way

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  43. Simon, Canada

    the story as a whole is so ridiculous, it's just hard to believe it's for real.
    – US government completely incapable; relying on BP which has obviously a completely different set of priorities (stock, just as one example) to run the whole show including clean-up(!)
    – for such a long time multiple statements were made that
    how much oil is coming out is really not that important... again just surreal...and government not taking ANY urgent efforts worth mentioning to determine this amount...

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  44. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    People keep saying this was caused by deregulation, but there was never a regulation that these rigs should have the acoustically activated shutoffs. Nor is there any evidence that they would have worked any better than the 2 shutoffs they did have.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  45. Cecil

    Come on America, let's pull together for a change and solve the problem and then we can do the finger pointing and hell raising. Everything that happens in American today becomes a political football.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Mike in Savannah,GA

    Why do you think BP refuses to come on Andersons show? If they nothing to hide what do you have to lose? Let all stand in front of BP station tomorrow holding signs. ( Anderson Cooper is waiting)

    May 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  47. James Dourney

    Can you confirm the accusation made by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser that the FAA, under the direction of BP, actually grounded flights to prevent the media from accessing the affected area?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Julie L.

    I live in Vermilion Parish in south Louisiana and in my opinion BP has KILLED South Louisiana and the Federal Government has alowed it to happen. Shame on both of you! Just like Katrina and Rita, you have dropped the ball again!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  49. Sherri

    We regularly fish the marsh and are saddened and angry at what we see happening because of the oil. The administration has lost all credibility in our eyes. We understand the difficulty of plugging the well, but far too little has been done to protect the marsh and the beautiful birds and wildlife there, not to mention the people who make their living on the water.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  50. Nancy in Oregon

    It's sad, starr....it isn't just BP who didn't pay any attention to the 11...it's most all of us who didn't, media as well.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
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