June 1st, 2010
09:56 PM ET

Where are the Oil Cleanup Crews?: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, we're keeping them honest along the Gulf coast. Last week, Pres. Obama promised to triple the oil cleanup crews. So, where is that manpower? Wait to you see what Gary Tuchman discovered today. Plus, all the day's developments on the spill.

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  1. Kevin

    The CEO Bp is surely doing the best he can. Its isnt enough!!!.....fire him and get someone who can do the job...

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  2. April Allemand

    Cleaning blades of grass, yes indeed. Now with even more oil coming out with the new project they will never pick up all that oil with a couple dozen workers, we need to see more workers out here

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Laurianne

    I'm confused by this lack of workers. I know people in MS that have been trained and are ready to go, just waiting for the OK. Some of them report each day to Pascagoula for 4 hours daily pay and then go home. Why are they keeping them here in anticipation of possible oil when there is already oil to clean up elsewhere?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    30 people? What happened to those hundereds of workers that were cleaning up for Obama's visit? There seemed to be less damage there than in the marshes.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Mimi Mateus

    Is it true that BP is not allowing outside scientists or engineers to help come up with a solution?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  6. ida

    Hi everyone, am following you all from the French island of Martinique – keep up the good work ...bonsoir

    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Bryant

    BP isn't telling the truth. Executives should be punished. Make them clean it up!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  8. David

    The leak will increase by 10% by making the cut, raising the leak from 19,000 Barrels/day to roughly 21,000. This is a catastrophic disaster with no end in sight.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Soledad Gomez

    I can see where that comment came from, Im sure everyone wants their life back.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  10. Valerie

    When there was a similar incident in 1979, what finally worked?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Ray Soroka

    BP is a British company. They don't care about the US landscape. Why doesn't the British Prime Minister chime in on this? he should be held responsible as well as BP.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Diane Berube Canada

    Has anyone figured out how long this can even continue unchecked?
    There has to be an end to the oil that is down there.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Algo Asi

    Why has the US not asked for international help? Has it been offered at al? This is not only a national disaster. BP may have to pay for it, but evidently it cannot clean up its mess on its own.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Rob, Galveston Island

    BP doesn't care. We had an explosion several years ago at their plant near here. It cost them $100's of millions of dollars and it was like no big deal. I can't imagine they have enough insurance to cover this. Maybe the CEO will see how the other half lives when he doesn't receive his $4.4 million salary this year.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I still cannot believe that BP allowed it to go this far

    June 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point there, People aren't accept their apology.... I agree with you.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    It was ironical that BP had stopped topkill for few hours right in the middle of their best operation to stop the leak! Only to try junk shot for 14 times (I am almost sure that it was 14 times)

    I was almost certain thursday night, that was the case as to why they stopped the top kill.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Heath

    They are cutting into the main pipe above the BOP now. Get ready for the real gusher, the time between the cut and cap attempt is going to be critical to minimize this. If it doesn't work, BP is in real trouble.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Algo Asi

    It is on occasions like this when the US military chipping in would help.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I am happy that they are clean up the oil pieces on the beaches.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Glad to see Gary back on this story. Three workers? That is a disgrace and an insult to the people of Louisiana and to all of us in the United States!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. It's great to be here with all of you. I am so demoralized over all this with the oil spill. I traveled to Cocoa Beach on the weekend to visit friends. When I needed to stop for gas on the busy holiday, I stopped at a certain gas station and this station was packed with people as well as another one across the road. But no one was at the BP station next door. No one. Obviously, many many more people are needed for this clean up operation.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Diane Berube Canada

    With all this oil and gas escaping at this rate how is this affecting the tectonic plates in the region. This part of the North American plate is very close to the Caribbean plate, which is quite small compared to the others and responsible for the recent earth quake in Haiti.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Andrew Williams

    The fact of the matter is, BP doesn't care about the gulf coast. They care about money and getting oil. They don't want to shut down that well because its a good well. I hope they get charged with the criminal charges against them now. I hope BP is shut down. Period.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  25. Mary - Philadelphia

    Argh! Why is no one cleaning this oil??? I will come clean. I don't want to take jobs from fishermen who need it. But I would come clean right now for FREE.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The owner of BP wants his life back? What about everyone else that is affected by this?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Dan, Canada

    This should be an "all hands on deck" emergency. What a travesty!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Rob, Galveston Island

    This is sickening. I grew up here on the Gulf Coast and can't imagine it being ruined. Why is this taking so long?

    Why are they cutting this pipe without the rig in place to begin the capping process, instead of waiting for the equipment to arrive later tonight.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    hi everyone .. with all the coverage I would think BP would have hundreds of people out there cleaning up! At what point will BP get it? Its going to take all hands on deck!! Come on. Nice to see a "new" in field shirt on Anderson 😉

    June 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Is it just me or did it seem like there were "lines" of volunteers after Katrina, but there is virtually no one stepping up now. Is that because of the political strings held by BP that allows no one to speak publicly?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    COO of BP did not apoligize at the topkill status meeting – however the national guard commander did!

    They are still audacious in their apologetic tone! I understand they would want to cap the well before their stock plummets but this is definitely not going well so far...

    June 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Catherine Los Angeles

    Very pleasant evening to all. I can't believe Tony Haywood(sp) and his callous remarks. He made 4.5 million last year and they hired 40 people to clean up? Ridiculous. He should be the most hated man in America, not Jesse James.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Kenya

    Hello Anderson and bloggers...
    Hayward's apology came not a moment too soon. He wants his life back? huh..give the Gulf Coast it's life back first.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  34. David

    The situation in the Gulf is absolutely horrible...but how quickly does everyone expect things to turn around? With a hole dumping 19,000 Barrels per day into the water, shouldn't the President be focusing on assisting BP to stop that before worrying about clean up efforts? What good is clean up when there are 19,000 more Barrels on the way tomorrow?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Paula, Colorado

    Hi–Happy June!
    I'm glad to see your continued coverage of the oil spill–it just seems to get more critical.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Hi everyone! Hope all is well

    June 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with your comment. BP are also accoutable what they have done damage this time.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  38. maureen

    It is just sad what goes on in this country... all the people out of work and they have no one down there cleaning it up.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Diane Berube Canada

    It would be really great if they could get other plans in motion so that there are no delays in-between attempts. I am really expectant that, by now, they have more than 1 or 2 back up plans.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Dennis Brennan

    BP says that in attempting to stem the flow of crude that for a time 20% more oil will be spread in the gulf. What is the opinion of independent experts?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    BP isn't sorry but that "apology" certainly was.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. I hope everyone had a safe and sound holiday!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    More fishermen will be out of work and yet BP has no plans for using all these private workers for clean up activities.

    By the way with the pipes cut flow will be 20% more a day – and god forbid if the cap does not work, then what is the contingency

    June 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂

    June 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  45. hal morris

    What is it going to take for us as a common people to say and demand... NO OFFSHORE DRILLING PERIOD!!! Investing in alternative energies will create new economies! <3 hal

    June 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Diane Berube Canada

    Good evening everyone, It was a real blow when BP admitted that the top shot had officially failed. I pray plan B works soon but so far it looks worse with all that oil poring out of that open pipe.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Penny

    I want to know as a Canadian why did the US government ask for help along time ago. This is not a game it is a disaster for the whole world.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 team, Starr, Megan and fellow bloggers – hoping that everyone had a peaceful memorial day!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Michelle

    Doesn't a company like BP have this set up in case of this type of catastrophe !! LOL! They are all about staging clean up crews!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
    • Stacey

      Absolutely they do. The question is why no one is talking about it. BP had to have scheduled inspections, licenses and permitting and record keeping. Don't you worry the news will come out in the investigation. Information is being withheld that is the only answer.

      June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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