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. Sharon Hastings

    As for President Obama and his perceived lack of "emoting", I don't focus on that too much. It is true that he comes across cool, calm, and deliberate. This doesn't bother me. I recall George Bush "emoting" us right into a war in Iraq. But I do watch to see if the President is a man of his word and I can't imagine that he doesn't want this problem solved as quickly as possible.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. matthew (16) canada

    I know how i would divert the flow, wrap the pipe with some kind of bag with a pipe on the end so at least the flow follows the path of the new pipe up into a tanker or some sort of container until a further plan can be made

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. carla

    this was another episode of the rich being neglectful like the banks the brokers....now oil people......and of course they will make americans pay while more americans lose jobs......i am mad and again it a another country bringing down america....why couldn't this happen in the english channel i bet the queen would have said off with his head to the ceo of bp....

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Charlotte Alderman

    Where the heck has Mary Landru been in all of this.? Thank God for the Plaqumines Parish President, Billy.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Jasmine

    Has anyone considered tapping into the fresh intelligence out there? Many people don't realize that university graduates within the biology, chemistry, environmental studies, etc. may have new, innovative ideas that could contribut to this situation.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Sharon

    In Nova Scotia, our coast means everything to us. We've had oil rig tragedies, but nothing like this. My heart aches for the people and the ecosystem of the Gulf Coast.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The actions of a commission and criminal prosecution are PR moves. We need ACTION to stop the leak.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. ginger

    What would BP be doing if this happened off the coast of England?Would he sit by and watch the Fish & Chip shops close as they kill all the cod.And where are state and federal research results on water and air samples?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Helen

    I am baffled by wanted the government to do more. This a private business screw up. They should be responsible. No more goverment intervention!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Judy Beeson

    anderson they say it is going to take sometime in august to stop or transfer this horendous oil flow, i think we should start shooting one of their representatives an hour, or one of their top ranking personell, per hour and see if that cant speed them up a bit. I'm serious. Louisiana if being held hostage by them, why not givve them a small taste of he devastation that they are heaping on the americas. I think that if we starting shooting some of them it might just speed them up .

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Kim

    Sitting here in south louisiana numb. Wondering how much worse this can possibly get. Hurricane season starts today imagine a storm surge full of oil. Thanks for keeping us informed.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't see why BP even in business if they don't know how to stop even a small oil leak!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Diane Berube Canada

    Thinking that tactical nuke idea week 1 would have made less of an environmental catastrophe.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jerry R, Chernobyl is a better comparison than Katrina.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Robert Thompson

    Why is a foreign company allowed to drill for our oil and sell it to whomever they want?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Dan, Laplace, LA

    This is no happy holiday for all of us here in Louisiana!! Our life style and our heritage is being destroyed at an agonizingly slow rate. The marsh that provides a nursery for a tremendous amount of seafood is being poisoned every minute that BP delays cleanup. This oil should not be allowed to reach the marsh! We as a country need to do everything possible to protect this valuable resource. We here in Louisiana accept the oil industry and take all the risks so that all of the rest of the country that does not want this kind of mess in their back yards can enjoy all the comforts that oil provides. At least give us some of the royalties we deserve.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. kenny

    Why not ask Governor Jindal why he's only sent 1,100 of the 6,000 national guardsmen he was authorized to send to help with the cleanup. Or why he's only spent $8 million of the $25 million he was given by BP. Why isn"t Nungesser railing about that. I'm shocked that Anderson Cooper isn't all over that story.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Shane Franklin

    If BP's present fix works, what happens when there is a hurricane in the gulf and all ships have to leave. Will they simply pull the "plug" and let the oil spill again?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Leigh

    Hi Anderson, if BP can't find enough people to help down there, perhaps they should look up here in Canada. I'm sure there are plenty of people that would like to help. I'm a woman but I'd do it.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Jackie

    Our government needs to take over control of this tragedy, arrest all exec's from BP and charge with crime against humanity. No more waiting, get the smartest scientists, and get this thing stopped now!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Frankie

    I've heard that the 14 million bbls. of oil gushing from the broken well is only enough to power the US for 1 hour. Yes, BP has a lot to answer to, but why doesn't the media ever get to the real point – it is Americans' desire to drive around alone in their cars, to leave the lights, TV and computers on day and night and to put off building the necessary infrastructure for a better power resource that is the real crime. Americans waste and apathy are the reason BP and all the oil companies are drilling a mile deep in the Gulf.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The President needs to worry about stopping the leak, not fixing blame or prosecuting the guilty. Time for that when the oil is stopped.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Robert

    Offer US Citizenship to the thousands of undocumented workers, who, for a few dollars work when and where nobody else will. – They'll love to clean up BP's mess for a true chance at the american dream!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Georgina

    How can BP not know how much oil is leaking into the ocean....consider the fact that they were pumping it out and monitoring how much they were collecting to the ounce each and every day? They know how much in any given period is pouring into the ocean!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  25. steve dockeray

    Today they said that they could not keep ships in the area if a hurricane showed up , so the question becomes - If they place the Top Hat on the well & they can not keep a Ship in place to collect the oil , what keeps the Top Hat in place ie: When the Ship leaves does the Top Hat become detached from the well & if so does the oil just keep gushing out ?

    steve dockeray
    milner bc

    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  26. george coons

    what is there to investigate....oil pipe broke and oil flowed out....um why do they need to investigate?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Cessy - Chicago

    Obama admin: chairman of the new commission? what commission?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    The whole situation should be handed over to military/national guard and they will make us all proud! Not corporations and not politicians.

    Depend on our own people who have chosen that life for a reason! I believe in our men more than corporations and politicians who look for their own incentives

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Maudie- Clinton,MD

    Hello Everyone!

    When a company have inspectors in their pocket what good would it do to have scheduled inspections. The best thing to have is unscheduled inspections, because then they don't know when the inspections are coming. How do you clean oil out of grass? Why don't the individuals who know how do the work, go save the coastlands? I don't know what they want the President to do? But if Admiral Allen can't do the job as a government representative then maybe he should be fired, he is in charge of the USCG which is incharge of the waterlands.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Alex

    On the video of the leak could you guys at CNN overlay a scaled picture of a barrel of oil so that we can figure out the amount of leak? This way we could have some estimate of the number of barrels per second the leak represents and the amplitude of this catastrophic event – Thanks

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

    I'm on the gulf coast and blame BP and the previous administration for this, with some blame on the current one for not getting on top of the lack of regulations sooner. This is not the government's fault – this is big business, it's what the Republicans wanted all those years and still do. This is the time to make choices – about our environment, about energy and about what we want our country to be. We are a corporatocracy and those who expect the government should solve this need to realize that. How about we nationalize the gas and oil, it belongs to US!

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

    What about the army corps of engineers. There has to be a way to fund the proactive plans. Screw bp and the feds. Doesn't the state have money? Billy take over.

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

    In the light of this should we not mandate the drilling of "relief" or secondary wells as part of drilling off of our coast. They could leave these capped unless needed. If you recall, they tried all of the same things in the 1970's with that leak, and nothing worked except a relief well. Why didn't we learn then ?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Kimberly

    I wonder if BP is going to pay the gulf residents or the bussiness any money for the damage they have caused. It only seems fair.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Michele

    Why isn't BP putting as much effort as they can into cleaning up the gulf and the marshes?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Kim

    Anderson, thank you for your continued coverage of the Oil Gush....It is not a spill. This is like a nightmare that won't end. I am deeply sadden by my home state to endure another tragedy. We can prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms that come our way. But the Oil Gush will change everything for Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region for a very, very long time. I am sure I won't see the change in my lifetime. My grandkids may not either.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Diane Berube Canada

    If it takes until August for the relief well, how many Exxon Valdez’s will that equal? And by then, how would this not be a concern to every human on the planet?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. george coons

    this situation is unreal....

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. joey

    i think bp can fix this no problem, they jus stalling for some reason

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Lori

    The environmental impacts of the leak and the clean-up efforts are one thing, but what about the families who lost someone? It will be interesting to see if any valid criminal charges are uncovered.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. April Allemand

    I know for a fact people are getting sick, its flu like symptoms, even Tulane's Dr said we will see people sick from the fumes etc....

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Shar

    Why aren't there National Guard people from ALL over this country preventing this spill from reaching these wetlands? If President Obamb is really serious about doing something, this makes absoulutely NO SENCE! I've never wanted anyone to be President more than Presidant Obama, but why in God's name is he not using our National Guard (It is call the NATIONAL Guard isn't it?)

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Neal, Long Beach, CA

    Just another corporation that is too big to fail that doesn't pay attention to regulations. This is the straw that will break the camel's back.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Andrew Williams

    The government hasn't done enough, but it SHOULD be the primary responsibility of BP. Their company, their oil rig, etc. Well, really, where are these other companies that own "parts" of the oil rig?? Shouldn't they be involved to??

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Betty

    I LOVE what Jennifer said earlier. It's brilliant and worth repeating here: "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 10:21 pm |
  46. Mary

    why hasn't anyone tried a way to stop the oil from washing ashore? like putting hair or hay in the water would absorb the oil until they can stop it and it can be cleaned up as it washes to the beach.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Charlie Canada

    From Canada, reading the news on what is happening with the oil leak I must say that with all the intelligent people on this planet, why can't we stop this oil leak? Why can't more be done to clean up? Why is the president doing more? This is a diaster! This has to be fixed. Waiting till August for some 'well' which may or may not work just makes the human race look like the 1800s. We have technology, we must have a company out there (and I know we do) that we can use to clean up this mess. All effort should be taken meanwhile it seems like little to no effort is happening. Wiping oil from the grass? Does anyone with some intelligence know that this is not the solution? Please, for the love of god, spend some money and clean this up as soon as possible before any more damage is done.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  48. carla

    bp don't what people to know but my lying eyes tells me its to much oil coming out after day one........where in what day 30 something.come on people get made at these people they are killing animals and a region in the usa ......people are going o starve without good water...i sure hope people aren't drinking the water down there because bp is not honest about what they are putting in the water besides the oil....i bet they have money set aside for collateral damage .......the people who years from now will most definatly have something wrong with them.....don't forget the children

    June 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Bob in Orlando

    What is going on with getting the "Supertankers" that can suck up 1m gallons of oil & water to clean it up? NOONE is addressing these vessels that could help tremendously!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  50. clement

    I'm loving ur coverage of this oil spill disaster. I think mr president should be given more time.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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