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. Lisa

    Does the President believe what he saw? Does he watch any news or tv? or, does he depend on a few people to inform him? It seems to me that the office of the President of the USA is a nieve place to be. Does he not find out info on his own? Why did he just do a protected visit?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Talk is cheap. Let's see what actions are taken.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Matt G.

    There is a maximum fine level for BP in this whole mess

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Stephanie

    The President wasn't down there for a photo op. It's the media that wanted that. He was down there to speak once again to the politicians who are dealing with the problems.

    We probably won't hear too much positive from the Republicans because that would be like the kiss of death as Gov Crist found out.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)


    Thank you, Starr! I had some health problems in the family, but now we are a little better!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Terry from st.pete, fl

    Obama should take control and send in the army corp of engineers and kick bp to the curb. He needs to get tough with these people and say enough is enough.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Cindy L

    Sorry....shows what a good joy YOU'RE doing!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  8. Michelle in Indiana

    Billy Carver should run for President someday.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Joshua Koerber

    If this doesn't bankrupt BP I'd be astonished...I'm boycotting them

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Jo Ann, i am still stuck in my thoughts about those fisherman who helped clean up, who got sick... heard that yesterday
    also employed by BP..

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

    Are not other oil companies able or allowed to help, especially if they have some experience with oil spill clean ups?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Mark Ernest Scherer

    The 21" pipe now showing is The ORIGINAL photoshot
    How can anyone get equilibrium with mud as this huge opening is still spewing oil...

    What a bunch of BS

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. robin

    Blow it up put the tnt about a 1/2 mile down the pipe and blow it up let it collapse on top of its self

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Sandy

    BP should pay for the entire cost , including those who's unemployed , they didn't ask to be laid off . You've 200 million
    people watching this daily 24 / 7 . Making sure the Gulf of Mexico
    cleaned up including the beaches . There shouldn't be any drilling
    in the ocean at all . None.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Gallagher, Florida

    Is it not entirely impossible, this whole event was allowed to happen on President Obama's watch. Meaning the way BP is handling the situation, not fixing the leak, all the disinformation, making such a half hearted interest in cleaning up what is already damaged. You would'nt want to believe big money would be that low, but it is my opinion that their is nothing they would'nt do to win an election. Food for thought.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's one thing for the Presideent to say he accepts responsibility; it's another to actually act responsibly.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Diane Berube Canada

    I am not trusting those cameras anymore either.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. jean

    Hello, I was watching the 'live feed' of the spilltonight and the 'feed' went into a 'still' shot with the words 'Not Recording' over it for the longest. I took a break, came back and now still shot is of the pipe with a Lot of black pouring out. Isn't LIVE suppose to be LIVE?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Mona Abbott

    Loosing the live feed is very disconcerting. Is it possible the Top Kill has exploded the BOB and now we have a new gusher. Can we get the news please?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. sandy

    Again "big oil" follows the lead of far too many businesses....the heck with safety for workers, and protecting our environment. Who pays the price ultimately, we do!
    They do what ever they want to do because oversight has either been weakened by laws which do not enforce protections or they don't care unless they get caught.
    This is a trend which is killing the American Dream for far too many. We see greed or the bottom line of profits which is their sole motivation.
    It's time to get tough...if we find oversight is lacking or persons on the take, correct it. I don't think business will return to better conditions for workers and / or environment unless they are made to do it.
    Fine them, imprison them.....that includes CEO, COO, board members, supervisors that fail to do their jobs, and oversight boards that do not do their jobs. We won't stop this until we get tough...
    examples, mining, banking, oil companies, enron, and congress also that weakens protective legislation for workers.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Deborah Alvarado

    If those workers were there from 7:30 am working to clean up oil, can somebody tell me how they kept their pants so white and clean? I'd like to know that trick.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Jerry Moran

    This was truly a sham and low point, I was there, been to GI twice shooting this week. There was no oil on the beach, BP had the beaches sanitized before your visit earlier this week, I have images how they have decided to dispose of all of the dead animals, buried, and thrown in brush....EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF BP"S MOUTHS ARE LIES....WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Those "workers" today were recruited off the street from signs in Laplace and Houma, they were told not to talk to anyone about anything.....unbelievable...

    May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Gary Mulvey

    Why isn't BP being fined EVERYDAY until the clean up is complete?
    They need to have a hefty fine imposed on them EVERYDAY!
    Maybe they would be hiring some of the local people to work on the clean up then.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Jamwao

    I rarely watch CNN bBut I am glad I was watching your show Andersen because nobody else got this story out there so that is commendable on your part good job.
    And yes I agree with a lot of the comments here that BP is not really getting it done there in the gulf. This is rediculous and we shouldn't even be worried about oil spills if they would just do maintenance like they were supposed to and double check the safety systems before they give the oil platform the green light.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Shanny

    From Billy's lips to Obama's ears and from Obama to AC ... one unbreakable chain of communication for the people of America. Go team. haha

    May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Jeff, Illinois


    Today, Bob Dudley of BP talked to CNN about the top kill. He stated that at one point, most of what was coming from the leak was the drilling mud that was being forced into the system. My question is, can BP not get a very good determination of the oil that is being released from the leak by the amount of drilling mud that it takes to displace it? If it takes 1,000 gallons of drilling mud per hour to offset the flow of oil, can we not surmise that it is leaking oil at the same rate?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Mary

    I really appreciate the tenacity of the mayor. Need more like him.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Vince Cook


    Once again I thank you for your reporting work. In a time when journalism is being replaced by ratings and sound bytes, your field work is very valuable.
    Keep the spotlight on the BP spill, and especially, keep the heat on to make sure they are held accountable. This is a problem with long term implications and if allowed those responsible will walk away when the media fervor drops off.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Hard to believe that a few hours is all the Presdient spent on the greatest environmental crisis in our history.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why all the secrecy about the workers? Why weren't they allowed to speak to the media?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  31. FRANK Tallahassee Fl

    Jeffrey from Miami. Maybe all along they could have had two large fishing boats( A Fleet of them actually) in V formations with boom coraling the oil bringing it back to a barge with Sewage vacuum tankers. THE KIND OF SEWAGE TANKER YOU SEE IN ALL MAJOR POPULATION AREAS. THEY ACTUALLY USE THEM TO VACUUM OIL PITS AT SERVICE STATIONS. When the Vacuum tankers are full , bring them barge back to docks with Semi tankers waiting to offload the Sewage vacuum tanker and haul it off for processing. (Free Oil unless BP wants to buy it back of course) Keep a convoy of tankers working 24/7. Barges with sewage vacuum tankers can also be floated to Marsh areas with maybe one or two shallow water draft boats and the same procedure could apply to an area that has been cordoned off from incoming sea water. I have an above ground INTEX pool and that Blue plastic spiked into the ground would make a great barrier. BUT NOOOOOO!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Vicki

    Anderson; Thank you for the great work you are doing. Could you please find out why BP or the US gov't has not contracted a fleet of tankers that could suck up tons of oil to try and miminize the impact on our beloved Gulf of Mexico. This could have been started weeks ago. Thanks for your help, Vicki

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Tim Hendon, Hammond, LA

    Billy Nungesser for US Senate!!! He is more engaged than Senator Vitter!

    RUN BILLY!!! RUN!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Martina

    You the man
    They fear your reporting.
    Evidently Obama's little girl told him about you and what you had been saying, ha!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Jill

    This is too little, too late. The oil has already contaminated this priceless ecosystem. Time for all of them, that's Obma, BP, and the governmental authorities to take off their show hats and make the rubber meet the road. This is a huge mess with years of impact to innocent people.

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

    @Stephanie – thank you for your reply to me.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Nicole The Netherlands

    Billy Nungesser looks better today, good for him!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Libby

    Billy is on right now.. 😀

    May 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Justin

    I am a commercial fisherman here in Mississippi. We have filled out multiple applications for the vessel of opportunity program and still we keep seeing these recreaitional boats local and from out of town being put to work while we sit at home with no money. Sure Bp has given 5000 to captians and 2500 to deck hands but with Lousiana shrimping waters closed were we work how are we supposed to feed our familys. Bp only gives us the run around and still after being at every meeting we haven't been hired. Can anybody please help us out here. We have had tar balls wash upon our coast lines here in Mississippi and BP continues to tell us they arent from the oil spill. I have walked these beaches for years and have never came across them before. Other fisherman have went out in Mississippi waters and you can see some oil slick and Bp gets to rule it as alge? Why won't Bp fess up and own up to this. And even more, our govenor Haley Barbour keeps saying were arent even being affected here. What the hell is going on here. Im sure he isn't being affected. Our president, our govenor and our politicians are lying to us to our face. And why has Bp stopped giving us fisherman checks. I thought Obama was going to make sure Bp is paying us. This all is a big sham. Our boat is prepping right now to go take pictures of this oil and we are going to take samples... Since our government and BP wants to cover this up we are taking it into our own hands.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Mona Abbott

    Looking at this overall... this oil disaster could be subterfuge, I am wondering if they are purposely trying to do as much damage as possible.

    I was sooo feeling compassion for them, poor mr. hayward – getting blasted for trying to tell some photographer not to step in the oil, LOL but with so many BP blatent lies its looking like we cannot count on them to help unless camera's are on them.

    Another theory, Its very possible the fumes have damaged their thinking too.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  41. kim

    furious, curious, what the hell are they DOING? where is the outrage on this matter? how many days now, 39? and still gushing. this is catastrophic on so many levels that i can't wrap my brain around it. i love how they "just don't know if it's going to work" . someone needs to step it up, big time, and asap, like 5 weeks ago!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  42. michelle

    Anderson you do know that the president has to have
    security and protection were ever he goes. The Secret
    Service would have to go everywhere with him. It is
    not that easy to have a security barrier all over the
    place. The Secret Service has to secure every area
    in detail.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Mark

    AC, you sure you won't bite BP? I think it might be a good idea, at least slap them in the face!!

    I guess they just don't like the keeping them honest segments.

    If you change it to letting them fill you with bs maybe they will come on your show. I am going to boycott BP until they come on your show, the most honest news on TV.

    And by the way, too big to fail is not reality, too big to regulate is reality. Like why, since they have know MMS is crooked have they not implemented the ban on moving from regulator to regulated or banned them from taking any gifts way, way, way before this disaster. If they had fixed MMS maybe this would not be happening.

    I would like an answer as to why they have not made changes to MMS with all those prior instances. Which congresspeople have just allowed the problem to continue unabated until it came to this.

    That would be a great keeping them honest segment.

    I ask everyone to boycott BP until they come on your show regularly.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Stephanie

    Starr: Yes, he did. He was interviewed by NBC...at least I think it was Billy...but definitely a mayor in Louisianna and he was totally positive about the meeting.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank God Obama met with Mayor Billy!!

    At least we know he got the "low down" and truth from Billy.

    AHA-he can call the President! That's great if it's true.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Jeff H

    I have not been able to understand why CNN and most of the other so called news media has not been getting on these politicians like I have seen in the last few days with the catastrophe in the Gulf. I've actually started watching you again over (you know who) as many of my neighbors have. Keep up the true reporting and demanding answers and we will leave the remote alone.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Libby

    Way to go Anderson and Billy! :o)

    May 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Martina

    Obama told him to call him at the white house instead of calling anderson...ohhhhh not that is weird.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Joe

    We're probably watching an endless loop of video.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Nicole The Netherlands

    AC360 just got an compliment from the president!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
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