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. Randal Juneau

    I'm am so inraged right now about what the ceo of BP said about he just wants his life back, are you serious? I've lived in lower plaqumines parish all my life. A lot of my family are shrimpers, I also grew up on a shrimp boat. He says he wants his life back try being us this is our lives. You should be ashamed of yourself, with your rich, spoiled, selfish self. We want our lives back more then you can imagine.

    Randal Juneau
    Buras, LA

    June 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Jerry R., "Chernobyl would be a better comparison"

    I agree with that. It is a man-made disaster under incompetent leadership.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. April Allemand

    Unfortunately with all the red tape, our families here in Louisiana they depend on the gulf will not see money anytime soon.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Gre

    Robert– they pay a handsome lease fee to the US for the right to drill. There is a huge bidding set up. Would you want our corporations to be restricted from doing commerce in foreign countries?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  5. Brian Blume

    The Army Corps should be on site, NASA should also be there and the area should be declared a disaster by our President with BP on the hook for our expenses...,national guard, the whole sha-bang. The CEO of BP should be drawn and quartered for his lack of compassion for the World's largest man made disaster is our history. The future of America and our environment is being overlooked far too much. My heart goes out to those in worry and despair.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Jesper from Mass

    I'm so sad over this, the most powerfull nation in the world and yet we can' plug a hole in the ground. But hey we still want cheep gasoline right?
    Nad I want to study law because there's going to be a huge demand for laywers.
    Again I don't get it, I really don't.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. 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 (possibly cone shaped), 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 10:30 pm |
  8. Brian

    i think after katrina its a shame that those people have to go through this all over again with the gov.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  9. vincent

    Why doesn't President Obama get on the air and announce, "The company that can devise a way to stop this leak faster than relief wells three months down the road will be the only company who will be allowed to drill offshore. The way I see it whoever can stop it can drill cause they care enough to fix what they start.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Ron

    My concern is that there may be more leaks and ruptures then we know about. They need a sub or robotic device scanning the bottom with video to see.

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

    Will anyone at the Responsible Agency be reviewed for negligence or criminal involvement?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  12. Wanda FL

    The CEO of BP wants to get his life back? What about the lives of the birds, turtles, fish, dolphins, sharks who will die by the thousands? What about the lives of the people who are affected by this disaster?
    What a selfish and inappropriate comment. If that reflects BP's level of concern, no wonder nothing of import is being done.

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

    I have worker 25 years with pressured utilitie pipes. I'm not a rocket sciencetist. But anyone in my work new top kill would not work. And cutting that pipe will be the worst mistake done on purpose. I have e-mailed alot for this cause, to try to help. Just please DON'T CUT THE PIPE.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  14. carla

    i still luv obama but he needs to get a back bone

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Georgia Young

    Of course BP doesn't want to acknowledge how much oil has been spewing into the ocean – they have to pay royalties on every gallon/barrel of oil that they bring out of the earth – whether pumped or spilled...this will amount to a lot of money, in addition to the clean up, etc. that they must pay for.
    ...from one more disgusted, heart-broken Louisiana citizen....

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Dan, Canada

    Typical! Let's form a task force that will report back in 6 months that will recommend that a sub-committee be formed that will report back in another 9 months! BP needs to be removed from the equation....for now. The government needs to accept all available help internationally and fix this!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  17. Steven Russell

    What would happen if the leak was stopped? Can BP still get to drill and make money off that oil deposit?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  18. Eileen Perkins

    What I want to know is why is he so afraid to do something right. Is it because this will not have big fat contributions landing in his lap I am a democrat and voted for Obama, but he has dropped the ball on this one for over forty days now. The president needs to wipe the egg off of his face and be a President and a leader. Take OVER NOW or risk loosing your next election. You know the republicans are going to have a field day and destroy your credibility as a leader.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  19. 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 the point of "drill baby drill" was that WE needed the oil.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  20. Troy

    There could be more to all of this, maybe they kept it quiet and gave the low estimate on the amount of barrels leaking, and then cashed out shares and stock options, have any company execs cashed out before this blew out of proportion?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Buddy

    I can understand why congress won't give Louisiana their fair share of the mineral money. Louisiana legislators will steal the money .. Don't blame Obama. Crooked politics have ruined this country.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Jeff LeBlanc

    The BP workers are missing like the Rotech pumps that could suction up 129,600,000 gallons of oil in 24 hours Anderson. When they came with the 5000 barrels per day, my colleagues and myself thought they were joking. Anderson I spent time in Mississippi Canyon at 365 and 941. The wells we knew were at a minimum 15,000 to 45,000 barrels a day. A foreign company comes to the US kills 11 men, destroys gulf coast economies, destroys a states heritage in Louisiana, ignores technology that could have resolved the spill in a days not over a month with the current plan under intense skepticism and scrutiny. This is a criminal offense beyond belief.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  23. george coons

    question...isnt there a emergency shut off if something happens on the oil platform? maybe they should make a series of extra shutoffs so this doesnt happen again

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Virginia Feels For The Gulf

    Only Mother Nature is capable of cleaning up such a disaster. No one alive today will see the Gulf clean again......Very sad.

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

    If a poll gets conducted as to whether people believe BP can get this done, I wonder what the results will be!!!

    BP shareholders lost about a total of 4 billion so far – news from the street side of the world

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  26. larry

    anderson- set up a 21-inch pipe and pump water through it at the rate of 5,000 barrels per day so we can see what that rate of flow looks like. then turn the pump up to 10,000 , etc. maybe do it at some lake and get the purdue professor involved.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Tom young

    Where are the other giant oil companies in all this. Exxon went through this in Alaska, they must have learned a lot from this. All resouces should be dedicated to finding a way to stop this, from NASA to oceanic specialists.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Steve Pangburn

    How about getting people out of work down there for clean up and a plane ticket bus rides temp housing to clean up this mess?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  29. joey

    is it true that bp denied help from other contries, if so what does that tell you!?!?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  30. Audra

    Where is the national guard? Military? What a shame. Our own contry is fighting for oil when we appearantly have an abundance.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  31. carla

    just because america knew what bp told them don't mean that bp and their partners should not be liable.....i say charge them with anything and everything........and let americans of the gulf own the lease

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Rob de Koter

    Hi Everyone, what wonders me that BP (or the US government) does not seem to seek knowledge or better help from abroad, for instance in Holland there are 2 companies, “Smit Internationale” and “Heerema” who are specialized in solving these kind of problems, they have al lot experience in as well closing the well as in cleaning up the oil and they have the equipment to do it.


    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  33. Soledad Gomez

    Having this gush out till August is unexcuseable. That's why a criminal investigation for the initial explosion is sounding more and more justified.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I also agree with Eric Holder that BP are also accountable as Jeff is also right. BP will be shut down for good. Anderson, I agree with you, too.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. April Allemand

    Our restaurants are already being affected by this, I hope we all go to the Oyster Festival this weekend in the French Quarter and show our support

    June 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Michele

    Images give the American viewer the power to act and stop future drilling expeditions.

    The lockout of national media on this story is another example of managing the flow of information to the people.

    I appreciate Anderson's work to get and push the information out there and not be sucked into the funnel of media being controlled.

    It is a fine line to walk...as a photojournalist I understand that line.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Rudy

    Anderson, BP does not want to clean up this oil out of marshes and wetlands. All BP wants to do is try to plug this hole and leave it up to the State of Louisiana to clean up our own marshes and wetlands. I think Governor Jindal needs to put a lien all of the piplines and wells owned by BP to pay for this mess. BP are a bunch of liars and the government is not looking much better.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  38. Daniel, Canada

    Just last week, the coast guard rear admiral said the Australians are coming over to assist in the cleaning and containing the leak. So, where are they and why can't we summon all the CEO of major oil companies and their best brains to assist in this national disaster???

    June 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Since BP did not have a plan for stopping a leak at 5,000 feet why did BP and the White House prevent Billy and the rest of the Louisana community from laying those berms immediately?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Victoria Allen

    look at what was done in 1979 in the gulf of mexico. They did the same things which failed.
    Oil spills in africa have devastated and ruined the lives of thousands. Shell oil was the culprit in that one. They haven't given these people anything and the leak still continues

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    BP and Fed can play the "Catch 22" game all they want.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Baarbara

    Tony Hayward wants his life back? Eleven men were basically cremated, and their ashes washed out to sea. When he gets his life back......he should never be allowed to spend one minute of it on American soil....or on American waters for that matter.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Alicia Farnum (NYC)

    Oil is a nonpolar substance. Water is polar. Like dissolves like and soap is nonpolar and is used to dissolve and clean oil. Sodium Hydroxide is used in all cleaning substances and is one of the strongest bases. Why not get the strongest solute? It will dissolve or break up the oil, but it is very toxic... but there's enough water in the gulf coast to wash it away. It's not as harmful as the oil. But who am I to say? I'm just another grade A student majoring in chemistry...

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Yvette J

    Pres. Obama has shown no leadership or concern for us on the gulf coast. The spill has occured and blame really has no place or purpose right now. We need to take care of our coast, wetlands, sea creatures etc. Not tommorow but today.

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

    There is an organization called Matter of Trust that makes a type of mat out of human hair that soaks up oil for instances like this so if anyone is wanting to get their hair cut anytime soon donate your hair to this organization!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Sam

    Some of my thoughts...

    1. A lot of people need work or have been laid off, and more people are needed to help with the clean up.

    2. I also think that they should have been tring to suck up some of the oil from the start.

    3. BP don't care about the people who are going to pay for the spill with their way of life. We all know actions speak what's in the heart.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  47. April Allemand

    I know a family that has received only 1 check so far

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. 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.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  49. Jill Onweller

    If its true that there are no laws on international water then Obama needs to tell BP get out of the way we are taking over. Go in and plug it ourselves and get out of the U.S. BP. Enough is enough.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Gail

    Hi Anderson, I'm still very confused about why the Super Tanker idea has been all but forgotten. It seems like it would be something that would be a huge help with preventative cleanup, and yet, it just is not in the daily conversations, Have I missed some definitive reason why this is not a feasible addition to the fight?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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