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June 1st, 2010
10:02 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New Effort to Stop Oil Spill

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Right now in the Gulf, a risky new plan is underway in hopes of finally stopping the oil leak. After the 'top kill' effort failed over the weekend, BP is now hoping the "cut and cap" plan will stop the spill.

Tonight on 360°, Anderson will report live from the Gulf. He'll give you a look how this new plan is supposed to work. The big question is: Will it work?

Oil is now washing ashore on the Mississippi and Alabama barrier islands, in addition to those in Louisiana.

Meantime, BP CEO Tony Hayward is fueling new rage with a controversial comment over the weekend.

"We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back," Hayward told reports on Sunday.

He wants his life back. He made $4.5 million dollars last year. That's more than most people make in a lifetime.

We're also tracking the cleanup efforts. Remember Pres. Obama's promise to triple the manpower? Well, what our Gary Tuchman witnessed today is nowhere close to that promise. We're keeping them honest.

There's also word from the U.S. Justice Department that a criminal investigation has been opened into the Gulf oil spill. Attorney General Eric Holder was in the Gulf area today to see the mess and meet with state attorneys general and federal prosecutors. Holder is promising to prosecute anyone who broke the law. We'll talk over those developments over with CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

As you see it's a busy night. There are a lot of new developments. Join us for our coverage from New Orleans starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Shannon

    Watching the news from Canada I find it so disturbing that your President Barack Obama who is supposedly so dynamic and proactive has not sent the military engineers in to handle this problem! This will have far-reaching global implications, not only to the United States. What day are we at now?? Day 44? Shame on the U.S. government – take charge and get it rectified! I do blame this problem on Obama! Where is Red Adair when we need him? There has got to be more skilled, intelligent people around this globe that can help these yo-yos out from BP!

    June 2, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  2. Tiffany

    I dont think this leak can be controlled anytime soon but we need to implement every technique that we can find from anyone, and then we need to develop tools to make sure that we can fix problems such as this one before we even start drilling, I cannot believe that the engineers and ceo's would drill anywhere without developing preventative measures and considering something like this happening, have we gotten so greedy in the world that we are willing to do anything for the almighty dollar and to continue living in a materialistic world, I am sick over this and to me it is a sign of the end of humanity as far as having empathy for our ecosystems and other forms of life besides ourselves, and we are going to pay the ultimate consequences!

    June 2, 2010 at 3:22 am |
  3. Bruce Knack

    I don't understand why BP doesn't just keep pumping mud until the relief wells are working in August. They stated that while they pumped the mud the oil was not coming up.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:09 am |
  4. myra

    Don't hurt us more by stopping other companies from working in the gulf. My husband has worked in the oil field for 35 years and has had 2 small accidents. He has stop work orders and would never hesitate to use it.There is no amount of money that he would take for a mans life. He has been known to have fired 30 men in 30 days for not working safe. He has safety meetings every morning before work begins and is not afraid to tell a company man no. And he will not do a job in a way that he feels is wrong he will stop the job and file a complaint and leave it if that is what it takes. He has never had to because the company he works for listens to him and trusts him. We have good companies working and if you close all drilling we will have more people not working.

    June 2, 2010 at 1:06 am |
  5. Dan

    Just a thought to potentially seal the leaking well.
    In the 70's a production company in Colorado wanted to fracture a well to make it flow better. They decided to try an explosive device. To their dismay the device generated enough heat to seal the sandstone formation by turning it to glass. If all else fails could they use this OLD technology to seal this well bore?
    Could someone please explain how the near 10% of the US citizens that are unemployed are not already hired and working to contain and clean the Gulf coast?

    June 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  6. Larry Boland

    There should be a flotila of boats and ships avalible that are not fishing that could be used to lay boom and stop the oil before it reaches shore. Can't they organize all the poeple on the coast to get to work now. Who can get the job done, ralley the people and forget checking in with BPor the goverment they interest doesn't lie there.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  7. David Ridgewood NJ

    To dramitically spped up the relief well, why not do it at 5,000 feet in June instead of 18,000 in Aug?

    June 1, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  8. autrell white

    I do believe there is criminal activity going on (pb)

    June 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  9. joshua

    BP needs to be shut down and the American people need to take over before its too late

    June 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  10. Kelly Vottero

    So here we are day 43 of this oil mess and Mr Hayward has stated “There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.” The 4.5 million dollar a year life is what he wants back. This selfish comment shows us he has not learned anything and obviously has no remorse. That 4.5 million dollars a year was made by cutting corners on safety and not creating back up plans in case of a leak so he could make more of a profit. So he wants his life back but there are thousands of people that will never get their life back with the economical and environmental disasters this has caused. There are many people that won’t see a recovery from this in their lifetime. Thousands will have to make major life changes with jobs and may have to relocate to be able to provide for their families. We are already suffering so much from current economic problems and then this. Not only a financial disaster, the awful impact on the environment, the poor animals that are choking to death on oil and don’t tell me there is not going to be major health issues come out of this. There should be criminal charges and major fines-it will never be enough for what they have done to the people and animals in this area but the executives should never get their life back and never be able to go back to their excessive salaries. Use the profits to start working towards safeguards and alternatives to energy so this won’t ever happen again. We should take a bad situation, learn from it and turn it into something good.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  11. Lisa E

    I believe that Obama is doing the best he can on this. He is madder than hell right now and trying to get the problem fixed! We can't blame Obama for the Oil Spill, he didn't cause it, but we can now support him and help him do what he ask of us as a nation.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  12. joshua

    This hole situation is ridiculous enough is enough stop making excuses do something about it

    June 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  13. Pilar Carreon

    Hi Anderson!!!
    Been following your show and it is maddening to learn all the things
    happening in the gulf shores.I don't have to be there to feel how the residents in those shores felt . I pray that they find solutions to this huge problem.
    I hope that whoever is negligent be punish.
    I pray for the people of the gulf shores.Stay well, Anderson.

    Pilar Carreon

    June 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  14. Lisa E

    I agree, you cant clean the marsh grasses down. You would do more damage than good possibly. Need to stop anymore from getting near it. But how??? BP doesn't have any solutions.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  15. Lisa E

    Personally I feel that it wouldn't matter HOW many people you have out there to clean up - I don't think it will do any good. There has already been too much spilled into the water and more coming behind it. It will take years before the water will be habitable again for anything to live in. Not saying to give up though, it is not going to be a quick fix by any means. What a shame, a terrible awful accident. The Gulf won't be back to normal I bet in my lifetime.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  16. John Brown

    This is the reason we need to stop using oil. There are many different stories and excuses for why the oil is spilling. From what I have gathered, there has been over 210,000 gallons of oil per day that has been spilled since it started, that translates to roughly 7,350,000+ gallons of oil. More importantly, the catastrophic environmental damage that has been done will be almost irreversible. Waiting another couple of months to fix this would let the situation get the point where we might not be able to stop it. WE NEED TO GET THE BEST SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TEAMS TO HANDLE THIS- PEOPLE FROM ALL COUNTRIES THIS IS A "GLOBAL" DISASTER!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  17. Ron

    What a very sad state of our country. We let big companys line there pocket books and there is no recourse. I am sad to say that I no longer believe in this country or our government. I feel that we as the people are no longer of any concerns to our government. All they care about is getting the tax dollar and seeing the workers get ripped off. Why don't we take the president and all of the big wigs at bp and shove them in the oil. I am very sadden for the people down there.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  18. Joe

    Why cant they close this well the same way the blow-out fire fighters do. They cut the flow of oil off to the fire. Isnt that what we all want done here is the flow of the oil cut off from the Gulf waters. I live in southern La, and work in the oilfield on the construction side, so this is truly affecing me as well as everyone else down here. I really would like to see the flow shut off instead of BP trying to capture the oil and produce it.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  19. Fritz Johnson

    Dick Cheney held private talks with the CEO of BP while developing his new energy policy.

    Don't blame this problem on Obama!

    But on the other hand, Obama, here are the jobs you are looking for (clean-up) and BP will pay for it all (labor, materials, supplies, support, temporary shelter, transportation).

    June 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  20. David, Indiana

    This is a big horrific oil spill, it should be viewed as that. And Spike Lee has a great point everything an oil company claims is up for review. Case in pt, the amt of spilled oil turning out to be at this pt, 2-4 time more that first estimated.

    Having said that President Obama did not wait 3 years to contact BP or do something about the spill. He's been on it from day one. There's always room for improvement, but he's been on it from day one and every single day after. About that there's no question. Anyone disagree?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Josh Pilson

    Personally, I think this situation is absolutely ridiculous. I know for a fact there is a private contracting corporation in North East Ohio that has found a perfect solution to the oil spill. They use sphagnum moss, and they heat it to a certain temperature then add it to oil filled water. After the addition of this, the oil has been completely absorbed by the moss, and the water is ready to drink! The government needs to stop worrying about the cost in money, and start worrying about the cost to our environment!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  22. Wdave

    How come no-one has tried a large expansion plug?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  23. mike moles

    As a life long resident of La. i don't want us to stop drilling, but what i do want is for the goverment to no longer allow BP to drill anywhere in the US.... ANYWHERE! Maybe if we prevent BP from drilling then other companies will be responsible in the future..... maybe?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  24. Stephen Guillot

    Mr. Cooper,

    Since Top Gun, Jump Shot and LMRP didn't work, maybe a remote controlled submarine could take Mr. Hayward down to the well head and, using him as a human cork, shove him into the pipe and plug the damn hole. Just a thought, nothing else seems to be working.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  25. Truong Nguyen

    CLOG THE ARTERY!!!! Strap the pipe or blowout preventer with a magnet. Shoot metallic fragments or particles into the pipe or BOP and gradually increase the magnet strength. The particles should start to build up in the pipe walls at the magnet regardless of pressure from oil flow. This will eventually stem the flow. Next, shoot mud, concrete, or whatever it takes to seal the well.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  26. don

    the government needs to hire people to clean it up and send the bill to BP!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  27. don

    why do we need a commitee to determine "how much" oil is leaking a day? If BP cant stop the flow, why cant the federal government take over and bring in its own experts to plug the hole? Isnt it on US land? and BP is from britain? I really expected more from the president.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  28. ohohbob/harry

    Anderson, please a note to Bobby and Billy.
    Bobby and Billy, build the sand barriers. Stop the oil and deal with it at the barriers, not the inland's. If someone doesn’t like it, deal with him or her later.
    The coastal seas are lost. I weep. Just do it, please.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  29. John Kessler

    What if you use the well pressure to HELP seal the leak instead of fighting it? What if you took a stint like idea...force some sort of very thick walled inflatable device, push it all the way down the riser, fully into the well, then inflate the device so it is bigger than the riser diameter. Once inflated, pull it back out so it sits against the riser from within the well and then the pressure of the well would help seal it against the riser like a check valve. Maybe this would slow it enough to cement it shut using the top kill idea....Instead of stopping this leak where it exits the riser, how about stopping it from entering the riser????

    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  30. Rachel Lucarelli

    Where are all the oil skimming vessels/boats located throught the US, that have never been used, that are there to protect oil spills, skimming oil spills out of the water? Why is BP not utilizing them? these vessels sitting at the docks rather than protecting the marshes?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Dave M.

    Mr. Cooper, I am surprised when you bring up what the head of BP said,"I wish I had my life back" and twist it to mean something negative. What he was saying, is I wish things would be like they were before the platform explosion. He wants this problem solved as much if not more than anyone. I would like to see any of you people, spreading all this negativism, solve this problem. None of you can imagine what it is like to work at 5000 ft. below the surface. Until there is something improper proven this was a accident and they are doing what they can to try and solve it. If all these people bad mouthing BP are so smart then why haven't they solved this themselves. It is not that simple!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Dave

    why aren't we as Americans hitting BP where it hurts and enacting a grassroots b-ycott of BP?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Melanie

    Hi Anderson. I would like to offer a canadian perspective. In Canada, in case of disaster, the army gets deployed almost immediately. Why doesn' t the US government deploy service men and women to help with the clean-up and then just send BP the bill?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Woody McBreairty

    We were already living in unpredictable & scary times – just when you thought things couldn't get much worse , things get more unpredictable & scary than ever

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  35. jane

    it sounds like the head of bp is burned out. maybe it is time for someone else to set up from bp.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |