May 28th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Oil Cleanup Sham?: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight a Louisiana politician accuses BP of shipping in cleanup workers for Pres.  Obama's visit and then letting them leave right after he did. We're keeping them honest.  Plus, the death of child actor star Gary Coleman and more.

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  1. Tamara

    Way to go, Anderson! You've made the list for keeping them honest..lol

    May 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Mary

    I hope that 360 stays after BP. I would love to see an interview with the head honcho and Mr. Cooper.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Diane Berube Canada

    More talking, More groups??

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Brianna

    Anderson- love your comment "I won't bite" maybe that is what they need is someone to bite them where it hurts!
    Brianna- New Mexico

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    Thank you for staying with this story and please keep the focus on the clean up and impact to the people and communities until there is a after care plan that addresses the long term. Oil drilling must stop until there is a way to deal with accidents in a way that protects our environment and people.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Stephanie

    Mary: Chevron is acting exactly the same way about a leak that has been going on for over a month at one of their refineries in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver. Ask people in Afrivan countries about ALL the oil comapnies practices there including American ones.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  7. jerry mcmurtrey

    i think b.p. is stalling. hoping for a big storm. which, they believe will ease the liability,or at least, confuse the issue of liability.... thanks.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Robin

    I understand that the workers showing up just for the President's benefit is not right, but why is bp solely in charge of cleaning up the beaches? Shouldn't the residents of Louisiana and the national guard be involved? I would think that someone should be organizing the people to help clean up the beaches. Whatever happened to volunteers?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Kenya

    BP is one epic FAIL!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Rodney

    I know everyone is wondering about the President's passion regarding this issue yet where are all of the oilmen that may be able to provide some insight for this issue. This would obviously include the former Vice President, Dick Cheny. Maybe now we will get some insight on what he really allowed the oil companies access to with respect to domestic drilling.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Alicia from Houma

    Thank you, Anderson Cooper for getting the truth out there! How I wish you could have taken Obama to the spots you have been to in the marsh. That is what he needed to see and YES the extra workers today was a sham! Thanks again for that exposure! We love you!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Charles

    Why have we not heard a word from the survivors of the oil rig explosion? Normally you would see survivors of awful tragedies on larry king live,or interviewed by Anderson Cooper? This makes me feel a little suspicious.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Timothy

    Regarding BP: If I were hiding something, I would not accept an offer to be on a live TV news show whose tagline is "We're keeping them honest."

    May 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Samantha Rowley

    Unbelievable...workers brought in to act like cleanup crews!?! As this crisis continues on, I am sickened to hear shananigans like this.

    I won't watch the supposed "live feed" anymore. It appears more like a continuous loop. I would rather see another camera from anyone but BP.

    I know it's been said many times before, but again...thank you Anderson for bringing the truth to light.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Mike from Houma

    I grew up vacationing at Grand Isle every summer as a child. It hurts me greatly to see what BP tried to pull today. Especially since our area has always supported the oil industry. All we are asking for is that BP clean up the mess that they made.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Brianna

    Wow! I am surprised that BP thought the american public was too dumb to realize when people show up at 730 and leave by 1230 that was a sham- especially since it was over 15x how many people who are normally there! What the heck? BP should be hiring the fishermen that need work instead of fake workers!
    Brianna- New Mexico

    May 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Diane Berube Canada

    He should have stayed and seen more not just the corporate tour.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Stephanie

    JoAnn: Were you in the meeting? The one that was scheduled for thirty minutes and went on for two hours?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Did Obama meet with Mayor Billy?? Anyone know?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Edward Michele

    why doesn't bp just put on the other blowout preventer abd get it over with?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Diane Berube Canada

    I pray the people at BP stop hiding and get moving, really multi tasking has been around for a long time.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Nicole The Netherlands

    Good evening everyone! Way to go Anderson, you are keeping them honest!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Terry

    Yes, our scrappy little Mayor told the president about the dog and pony show. The president replied that he knew it was for his benefit.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  24. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    I thought there was a lot of activity on Grand Isle? Some of the pictures being shown during the interview with Chris Roberts show actual clean up of oil from a beach. Are those from today? What were all those packages on the beach?

    What was the job that the people on the beach at Grand Isle today were doing? I imagine there are plenty of places where beach is being cleaned for the President to visit.

    Good question about the fishermen. I wonder how many are out skimming or helping set boom.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  25. norman johnson

    with the hurricane season approaching, is there a contingency plan in place if a tropical storm or hurricane enters the gulf and the oil is not capped by then.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Mary

    Ok evening to everyone. Did the President really think that his visit was more than a PR opportunity for BP. @amanda. I wonder the same thing. Aren't there American oil companies? What if an American company acted this way In Scotland and the salmon were in danger?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Terry – i agree with you, hire the locals who are out of work because of this mess!

    @Isabel, so glad to see you on with us tonight. I stopped saying hi as i didn't know if you could see the blog or were coming back. So glad you have returned.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Stephanie

    Jo Ann: The president is too smart not to know what was going on. he knows what games are being played.

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

    @Diane Berube Canada, "I was hoping for more passion, more enthusiasm for the future, draw an optimistic picture for the future of the gulf."

    It was obvious that he was just going through the motions because of all the pressure that has been put on him to go down there.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Tamara

    Still curious about BP and the FAA grounding the media- would love to hear more about this. Also, I'm with Martina- were these 'workers' trained to handle hazardous materials?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Shanny

    I feel ill every time i see footage of this spill. last night i was trying to find out if i could volunteer with wildlife but it seems because of the danger the oil poses, they don't want just anybody showing up to help.

    so how many birds and sea creatures are suffering slow deaths because the volunteers can't get near enough to assist!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Rodney

    Hi Anderson,
    Stay on top of this story. For those that are posting also stay on top of these individuals responsible for the Gulf Coast. In my opinion this is the same song and dance we have seen in the past. Maximize the profits at the expense of the people. In addition, where are all of the people that said this was safe and they had proper processes and equipment to respond to such and event?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Terry

    So, the workers start at &7:30 and knock off at 3? I witnessed the buses leaving the island at 3:30.... where are they going? Will they be back tomorrow? I doubt it! Put the local fishermen to work!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Stephanie

    The President is a very intelligent man. I am sure he was aware that it was a photo op mainly for the media. CNN did the same thing testerday by having the clip of the spill running beside the feed of the President's press conference.

    I hope you are going to concentrate more on the meeting that took place that I am sure was the real reason for the President's visit. NBC Nightly news had the mayor on for an interview and he had nothing but positive things to say about the President's engagement.

    The meeting was scheduled for thirty minutes but went on for two hours.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Martina

    Were the people who showed up trained in Hazmet procedures? You have to be trained to handle waste. The gov fines corp when they do not follow the hazmet laws

    May 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Joe

    BP is finished and they know it. They're not even trying to contain it.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Linda in Arizona

    Nothing is too low or rotten for BP. NOTHING.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Wild, those dirty crooks!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  39. Renay Nelson

    Does BP really think they can SPIN their way out of this mess! How stupid do they think the public is??

    May 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good evening everyone!

    That is a lot of BS from BP. That was no coincidence, it was an obvious set up while Obama was there. Does BP really think the American people are that stupid?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Mark Scherer

    the rov went to top of ocean and bp turned it off
    result. No live video

    May 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    This "sham" by BP is EXactly what i said would happen last night.

    It seems my cynisism (sp) was valid!

    Did Pres. Obama become aware of this bull?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Hello Anderson!
    Hello David (Indiana), Megan, Starr, Gabriela, Emily and everyone!!

    Happy Friday 🙂

    May 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Amanda, Chicago, IL

    I would like to know why American military men and women are risking their lives everyday to protect our oil interests in the Middle East when we are allowing a foregien company, such as BP, to come here and drill our oil???

    May 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Martina

    Good Evening Everyone,
    RED WHITE and BLUE t-shirts that is not a coincident
    BP is BS and is interested in nothing but PR and profits.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Jeffrey from Miami

    Hello All –

    We learn today of the discovery of more oil plumes off the Gulf Coast (some of them 1000's of feet deep).

    Are you aware of any proactive action plan (other than chemical dispersements) for the safe removal of oil from these seas prior to them reaching the fragile coasts of the Gulf States?

    Perhaps BP and the Federal Government can contract "super tankers" to directly pump oil & sea water from these vast oil plumes before they reach our fragile wet lands?

    I believe we heard this practice was utilized in the Arabian Sea?

    Any thoughts?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360. I have not seen any news yet today, so am counting on you, as always for the real story.

    Hello, David, Nancy, Emily, Megan, Nichole, oAnn, N. Royalton, Casey, Smith, Mike, everyone.....

    May 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  48. Diane Berube Canada

    I have to say that I was quite disappointed by the presidents visit. I was hoping for more passion, more enthusiasm for the future, draw an optimistic picture for the future of the gulf. Not more of the same rhetoric. BP is not likely to do any more then it is forced to, so please, let’s see some force.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Diane Berube Canada

    Hi, Everyone. Okay so I did peek at the Regis and Kelly show; the glasses were very ‘Clark Kent’, Anderson. 🙂 Still, laughing

    May 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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