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. Justin, Youngstown, Ohio

    A clean-up crew that uses boats and paper towls is not even going to put a dent in the work that needs to be done. BP needs to get machinery out there and an entire army or workers if they want to restore the ocean and their name at all.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Al

    There millions of America watching and waiting to help. Let us help and go there and help with the clean up. Someone needs to say bring the masses and if everyone pitches in can make a difference now rather than waiting.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Tim

    Hi Anderson, thanks for keeping the spotlight on BP and the fool at the helm of this company who wants his life back. America deserves better.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  4. jonsmith

    why dont we call nasa to help out why do we have bp doing this and they dont have a clue to stop this and stop the blame game

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  5. carla

    sounds like bp paid him off a little.....mmmmmmmmmmmmm

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Blake, Houston,TX

    Dear Tony Heyward,
    There are hundreds of thousands of people along the gulf coast that would like their livelihoods back! I look forward to your resignation in the coming months.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  7. JoJo

    So the CEO of BP "wants his life back" ... perhaps the families of those killed "want their loved ones back"!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  8. James Knox @JamesKnox

    BP has lost over 1 billion dollars due to this tragedy, they are responsible for this and they must pay. BP has made hundreds of millions of dollars per day for may years now, step up, be a productive company and PAY for your damage!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Samantha Rowley

    What about the workers from the United Arab Emirates? They seem ready to come over (for a fee) and help out. Is that up to BP or our government (or both) to let them help out.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Simon Crawford

    Gary..I have sent this to BP already..still waiting...
    Pipe Liquid Nitrogen or Liquid Co2 down to the to the riser ..sent it down the Riser a hundred feet or so..freeze it up!!!Seems to me.you could eventually freeze a plug in there........if the Co2 will work..we have plenty of it to get rid of!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Jennifer Brown

    Where is the rest of the oil industry? What about the UAE spill team on "standby?" Let's get the collective industry involved to think outside the box and offer resources - in containment and cleanup!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Adrian

    I think that the ceo's and anybody guilty of this crime should work eight hours a day at the least cleaning the grass of oil. I don't think that these ceo's deserve to go to jail, if they do, the should get the death penalty.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Stefano

    I would just like to say kudos to Louisiana, the people and the government are doing their best. Again this is another case of a tragedy hitting LA and the government and other parties involved falling short of doing what needs to be done.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Jan

    BP has destroyed our coast, and all they are worried about is they money they are losing. It almost seems like they want to destroy it. BP needs to dish out the money

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Linda Chambers

    I know exactly what you mean!! When he said I want my life back, I wanted to vomit! I cannot believe that anyone could be so heartless!!! Unbelievable!!! Unbelievable, wow!!! I am totally shocked at his comment!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  16. brian

    this could happen anywhere not only in america

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. David

    This is a terrible tragedy. This will force ultimately to accelerate use of alternate fuels! BP really doesn't want to cap the oil leak....you mean to tell the world that they are not able to fix this leak???? impossible. They don't want to. and the comment made by the owner that he wants his life back...disgusting.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Ginger Holt

    Tar balls by the hundreds on Dauphin Island today for the first time. Now the Mobile Bay and her vast wetlands will be threatened. Mobile and Baldwin Co. straddle Mobile Bay....we are a city of size with a population on the water....what will happen to us? Does anybody care?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @JoAnn, I think those extra workers were hired just to make things look good when Obama visited because things do not look clean there right now.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  20. carla

    talk is cheap ...... someone needs to fix this now because it's not going to stay in the gulf it moving on down the isle

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Michael

    What is the "talk" about setting fire to this...in order to keep it at bay from harming anymore wildlife and shoreline and peoples livelyhood,,??

    June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Diane Berube Canada

    They must have hearts of stone to allow this to go on so long.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  23. ursula

    This latest attempt will not work. As they make the cuts and the new leaks start they will not be able to see where they are cutting. This is utter nonsense! Oh and by the way does the BP CEO understand that the 11 people killed on the rig they too want to get their lives back. What an idiot.
    My heart goes out to everyone...


    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  24. yvonne

    Hi everyone!This oil spill is more than a spill. It is a disaster.There was too much delay on BP's part to put a strategy in motion. No contingency plan for something this major?Ridiculous!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Brian Blume

    i think it's time that Congress steps in and create some mandatory rules for BP to follow. Thousands more people are necessary to "START" cleaning and thousands more may need to join and they have teams of 3 cleaning blades of grass? Someone should help BP make decisions for them by creating these rules and fines when they don't act responsably enough.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Evelyn

    Where is the story about how and where all of this oil soaked material is being safely disposed

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  27. kathy young

    anderson I am so glad that you caught on to what BPs ceo said, he want his life back, not the people. Thank you for bringing that out.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Joey from Mississippi

    What is it that the current administration is so incapable of responding to the needs of American tax paying citizens? When the Haiti earthquake hit the US responded and was on the ground in Haiti in less than 24 hours with supplies and support ... That's great ... however, when actual American citizens need the government to respond it takes weeks or even months ... case in point ... first Katrina and now the BP Oil Spill. What do the needs of American citizens always take a back seat?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Kathy Honer

    I just saw on TV how there are not enough workers working on the wetlands. All the prisoners - looking for time off for good behavior – Why can't they help ?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Daniel, Canada

    Hi Anderson,

    Sometimes ago on your show, someone talked about the use of supertanker to clean up the oil. Why are those tankers not being deployed? We should stop playing politics and act to save what is left of our pristine forest!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Mike

    I can only hope for devine retribution because no power on earth may adequately punish BP for what it has done and is doing.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  32. melissa

    My Brother works in the ship yards just off of Mississippi in the gulf!! Jus curious if the oil has reached there?? He had said if it was to reach there they would have 4 to 6 weeks out of work, But with pay!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Joseph Gueulette

    where is FEMA?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Noela

    This is quite the dilemma. Obama should be plotting with the smartest hands in the world to build a stronger support for the new hurricane season. The men that are actually trying to hold off the oil say themselves that if a bad hurricane should so happen, the place is history! I don't think wiping oil of strands of grass is making major process boys! Think!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Mike Shumate

    This oil could be flowing for years. The Gulf Coast and Florida will be ruined by this. The true scope is not fathomable yet....

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Jennifer

    Why doesn't the government kill two birds with one stone by putting the unemployed to work cleaning up the spill? Pay them a good living wage and then send the big, fat bill to BP.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  37. alice

    ok, I just read yesterday out of a louisana ewspaper that peeps who are cleaning up are going 2 the hospital in large numbers being sickened by the chemicals that BP Is using 2 help clean the oil. if it is makeing peeps sick imagine the marine life ingesting this stuff.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Trisha

    I heard you say once that this rig had 18 violations prior to this event... why is that not talked about more? I know you are uncovering and not covering for them but I don't hear more about the poor wildlife and migration. what about LA asking for more help from the goverment and being put off 3 times at least to date

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Jill in Illinois

    How many times are we going to have BP tells us they are hopeful for the next stop gap measure with no contingency plan IMMEDIATELY available? Why would we believe this is going to work? I think that they knew none of these would work and are trying to delay to August. Now we will have 20% more oil flowing until then. Who in the government signed off on this next move?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  40. Rene', Los Angeles

    You and others misread or misunderstood BP's CEO when he said, "I want my life back." Play the whole comment where he said, "he is sorry for the disruption..." which to me is that he is referring to people as he would himself.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Did anyone ever find out why the workers were not allowed to speak to anyone?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  42. David - Philadelphia

    This clean up will take years to accomplish. The Gulf and its industries will not be the same for a long time to come.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Nancy in Oregon

    I can too, Soledad.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I am also hearing too many instances where people are saying that we should use the ultimate option – (It was mentioned in this blog probably a million times) – use a tiny nuclear bomb

    Dont have to wait till august and the well can be shut in 3 minutes after the controlled explosion. At that depth the impacts to life around the well for fish and all could be huge but life will come back faster than the oil staying in the water

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Brian A

    I hate to be a pessimist but looking at the amount of people cleaning and seeing the amount of spillage coming in, they will never clean fast enough! What about sucking it out of the water like the Saudi Arabians did a few years ago when they had a spill?? This whole thing is ridiculous and the Gulf is ruined. I would like to be hopeful, but look at it all! And we are coming into hurricane season... : ( Sad sad pages to our history books.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Claudia from Portola Valley

    30 years ago, San Fransisco students and its citizens went into the waters of SF bay to clean up a major oil spill in SF bay. We didn't wait for the federal or state gov't to respond, we did it on our own with bales of hay and determination. To the folks in southern Louisana and the south, if you want smaller government, then it is time to take up the mandle and start to organize and clean up your shores!

    Good luck!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. george coons

    we have technology that can go to the moon..launch vehicles to distannt planets and yet they cant cap a oil well? are we still stone age in this area? thanks

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
    • Stacey

      Agreed! What is up with all of this!

      June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Woody McBreairty

    BP has a stranglehold on our government and our country. They seem to be making a mockery of the rule of law, but they are proof positive of who runs our country. What a sad day

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Neal

    Bio remediation could clean this all up in 2 months and have the ecosystem back in place. But let's not let profits not going to our elected officials not get in the way.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Cessy - Chicago

    hello and good evening to you all...

    360 staff: Thank you for all your hardwork. Great reporting on BP oil spill these last few days. Always keeping it honest.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
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