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. Dave Ouellette

    Here's a solution ....

    Have they thought to just drive big storm cement pipes around the leak and have that oil sucked out afterwards. . They could built a few miles and attach it on one an another so that it could resist the pressure of the ocean ?? The oil would be confined in the huge cylinder cement tube.

    It's not rocket science .. and it would probably do the trick.

    Dave O.
    New-Brunswick, Canada.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Jerry R.

    Some people have been calling this Obamas Katrina. Chernobyl would be a better comparison. This is an out of control situation that is spewing enormous quantities of pollution into the worlds ocean system. BP is doing everything in it's power to hide the destruction it is causing.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Anna Jean

    This whole situation is a sin and a shame!
    How the heck did this even happen? They deserve criminal charges because of the deaths and environment damage.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Shaun

    Anderson, What is your idea to stop the flow? Everybody has comments but I fail to see any ideas from the media on how they would stop the well. Maybe a new fresh idea would help

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Robert Thompson

    There are no restrictions on what BP does with the crude oil from the Gulf. They can transport it, refine it and sell it wherever they like.

    I thought this oil was OURS! NOT SO!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Tina

    Get his life back. What about our lives!! He is still drawing a pay check!! Oil is suppose to be in Gulf Shores tommorrow and our hours were cut a month ago due to cancellations. What is gonna happen to us when it does come ashore?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Minka

    It seems to me like this isn't being treated as urgent as need be. BP should be trying every imaginable idea. Has anyone thought to take an industrial size cling wrap down there and have a go at it?!?!?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Mimi Mateus, NY.NY

    What happened to regulation?

    We learned from the Economic meltdown about it- Why didn't Obama talk regulation before giving them the okay to continue drilling more?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Paula

    When is BP going to be responsible ? Wiping blades of grass? Are you kidding. My heart is with the people of the sea on the gulf.
    The criminal investigation should begin with the Bush administration.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  10. Marcy

    Anderson, being a COPD patient, could you PLEASE, report on where the respirators for ALL these clean up workers are? How many people have to be hospitalized with upper respiratory symptoms and infections before it becomes a news story? The health hazards are insurmountable. Isn't the death of our waters, sea life and marshes enough for bp?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  11. kenny

    you ask where are the cleanup workers? why not ask governor Jindal why he does not send the 4,900 national guard troops he's been authorized to send to help, he's only sent 1,100 of the 6,000 authorized. why isn't Nungesser upset about that. how bout it Anderson why not ask that q

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Joe

    BP executives are afraid of you. You're too smart for them.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Cessy - Chicago

    we can always hope to get BP executives to talk about this issue but really, I'm mor einterested on what this government is doing to get this fixed.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Jeffrey

    i there a possibility that BP coul use a massive jaws of life and crimp the pipe with pneumatic power? Just a thought

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That oil has to be barrels, it no other way! BP would even make money off the spill.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Hele Canada

    I cannot beleive they are launching an investigation, are you kidding me? Worry about that later. Come up with a solution or help with clean up. Thats what matters now!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Dan from Canada

    Make this oil spill a massive stimulus spending project, house all the workers in New Orleans and fix the economy, oil spill, and New Orleans all at once!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Catherine Crowley

    Why is the government letting the people who caused the problem with this oil spill disaster, try to fix the problem...who cares who is responsible...to let the causative company, BP, try to fix the problem is ludicrous!! Get someone else in there!! And why did they not use cement pumped in , instead of mud to close the leak??? Seems to me cement is better to stop a leak than mud....I used it to stop a water leak into the house. And it worked. Can they not cover the whole thing with cement.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Mike

    35 days ago when BP said it would take 2 months to drill a
    alternate well, is when that effort should have started. Proactive instead of reactive, given the latest events of their failures.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Mimi Mateus,
    Yes, That's true..... They are not allowed to talk Media this time, They are not supposed to all to reporter. that is their policy.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Heather – Spokane, WA, " 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."

    Oh I agree, I was just being sarcastic. BP has left everyone with many false impressions and false hopes. They cannot be trusted. Their permits should have been pulled long ago.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Brittany

    This is the most ridiculous thing I've experienced in my life...and I'm an 18 year old college student living in California. I can't even imagine what it's like for people living in the Gulf. Horrific.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  23. April Allemand

    Billy Nungesser is the man and working very hard as Parish President

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Eric Vasquez, San Antonio, TX

    I find it extrememely disappointing that BP has been a part of any clean-up efforts, this an environmental catastrophe that the nation needs to handle! I'll be mortified, but unsurprised if we hear any little thing about oil reaching the Texas coast. When will we acknoweldge the urgency?!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Dan, Canada

    Over 600 oil well fires in the first gulf war were capped. We have one leaky pipe in the ocean with no bullets and missles being shot at you....it's 2010...how can this be DAY 43? BP is too proud to ask for help, and the apathy is disturbing.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Robert, Harisburg, PA

    The CEO of BP should be fired....immediately. This is absolutly the most rediculous and outragous bullcrap I have ever seen. BP does not want this well shut down, they want the oil for profit. Thats what is most important to them. I am so furious with BP

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Dave Wayne, NJ

    Why can't they insert a air balloon deep down in he pipe than inflate with enough pressure to stop leak. Then they would be able to cap it with a top kill.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Jerry Burgett in Oklahoma

    I understand that The United Arab Emirates has ships on standby for use in the cleanup of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Why isn't BP or our government utilizing these ships and beginning cleanup to keep the oil off the shore?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Brian Blume

    If this disaster occured in Alaska would there have been a more prompt response by the White House? I think so.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Attila Farkas

    It is time to request military help immediately to stop the oil spill and deploy working solutions.
    Stop the blame game, stop the spill.
    Use Navy submarines if necessary.
    The spill is on its way to pollute international waterways. Ask for international help and make stopping the spill a collective effort.
    Act immediately, don’t wait any longer.
    Bring those responsible to justice later; create urgency to find solutions now.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Heath

    The BP CEO should be put in an orange jumpsuit and put to work cleaning the marshes, grasses, and beaches with all of the other workers.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  32. Victoria in Naples

    What would happen if groups of volunteers just went out and started helping with the clean up? Could they actually be told not to or even arrested? I would think they (BP) would accept any help offered!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Diane Berube Canada

    If our greed for our way of life is fuelling their greed, maybe it is time to look at our own, individual impacts with new determination.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Lynne


    I haven't heard the president tell the American people that he won't forsake the people living around the gulf like he did to the people of Haiti. He needs to tell us that he has our backs...a generation of families and fisherman are losing their livelihoods! BP should be on the hook for everything. What happens when BP's oil spill fouls Cuba's coastline or the Keys? God help them when a hurricane blows through the gulf this summer!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  35. sharon

    BP only cares about getting the oil, why not just cap it? They have been hiding things from us for a long time

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  36. richard

    I sincerely hope BP (British Procrastinator) owns up to this castastrophe and doesn't just fob it off as business as usual or shrug and call this an occupational hazard; Is this the price of weaning the American public off of foreign oil?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Mimi Mateus, NY.NY

    Have ANY researchers and scientists been allowed to go in to track the amount of oil that has been gushing out?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Lori

    Hi Anderson, 360 and Everyone!

    This environmental accident with BP has become monumental. I see this as a wake-up call on how we are implementing our environmental legislation. It is a sad way to go and is a result of lack of uniformity in the implementation of the environmental laws that we have in place to plan envronmental protection and fully disclose environmental impacts prior to implementing projects. I am for keeping the oil out of the wetlands. They need to be protected.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Betty

    Where are the clean-up crews putting the collected oil-saturated booms and bags of oil shoveled from the beaches?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Star

    Hello.I was wondering if there is anything being done to help the poor animals I have seen covered in oil? Thousands of animals are going to die suffering painful deaths.Is there anything set up to help these innocent animals who happen to get caught in this "accident"??

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    How much longer will the government be missing in action.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA


    CEO could say all he wants and true that the comments could be out of full context – but the apologies came in too late – Also, when you speak thru crisis, speak for the people who get to take the impacts and not about your own feelings...

    he could have said "if possible i would love to give the life back to you the next minute" – imagine what that would have done

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  43. gary

    We all knew this was going to happen sooner or later. I hate to say it, but until the majority of folks' lives are DIRECTLY impacted, this will not bring about any real change.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  44. John Lovelady

    I can't believe the balls of this company! An entire ecosystem is in danger! It's hurricane season and this could be a catastrophe! And August? Really? August? The gulf will be a bowl of oil by then! My coast is screwed!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Tara Yakima WA

    The area will never be the same. BP is responsible and they are treating the spill like its no big deal. I was mad from day one and here we are 43 days later and still no plan? BP should be shut down and held accountable!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Tony

    I am also concerned that if the oil coming out of that well is over a hundred or more degrees then why wouldn't those millions of gallons raise the temperature of the ocean an in fact create a more volatile setup for hurricanes. The hotter the water the worse the storm.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Brian

    Anderson I would like to thank you for being aggressive to get the truth out. What is the government / EPA doing about the dispersent BP continues to use after it was told to choose something else?

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

    If this was a forest fire, we would have 1000s of Fire fighters working on the incident. I know there are 1000s of Haz Mat crews through America. Why hasn't Fema dispatched us to the scene?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    Every time these BP reps. open their mouth,,I'm sure that many people want to wash their mouth out with oil.......It's dissappointing that President Obama said last week that anything thats needed to clean this mess up that they would have it. So many people want to help.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  50. April Allemand

    The workers sighned a contract, with a clause saying they cannot speak to reporters

    June 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
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