June 2nd, 2010
10:00 PM ET

Oil Nearing Florida Panhandle: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, Anderson is reporting live from the Gulf. The oil spill is now just 10 miles off the coast of Florida and the effort to stop the leak hit a new problem today. He'll have the latest and tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Brett

    How will BP clean up the oil from the bottom of the gulf.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Joe bright idea

    How come there NO news coverage of the " act" of BP workers cleaning...one would think the area would be swarmed with cleanup crews like bees on honey!!! For lords sake .. America , wake up!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Lyn Mehrbach

    This is beyond comprehension. We need Obama to step up, call in every available asset and get rid of BP. That way, everyone at BP can get their lives back, what is going on? Is NO ONE in charge?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Renee

    I thought Billy was supposed to be in charge and take charge and use his plan.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  5. mark

    Can anyone verify if the Gulf reefs have died? I have a friend of a diver say that the dispersant has killed the reef.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  6. irene freeman

    i dont understand the procrastination of the u.s. government and the lack of implementation of the u.s. might...........even if we could send more national guard troops in to help........this has escalated in the last 44 days to a point of desperation.
    all the rhetoric in the world does no good.....BP has to be told that the u.s. demands immediate monetary and manual help especially for the local people who are suffering badly.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Elizabeth

    We need to know what to do here in the Florida Key's
    Please, Please get us help We need it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Linda

    Why doesn't the state of LA use these methods of sucking out the oil that they are saying will work. Why wait for BP?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Rita of Florida

    I am as enraged as everyone else. I would like to see a world-wide petition started where people can sign-in, condemn BP, and ask for immediate release of promised monies to help with the clean-up. Maybe if we got a petition started with millions of 'voices' it would make them step up to the plate like 'real men!' Maybe there could be pickets outside a British Embassy, and outside of BP London – to make it a world-wide movement. The Gulf environment is part of the world's ecology.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Alex,Miami

    They could send a man to the moon, but can't plug a hole in the ocean, all these genius's,,,,,amazing

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Jason - North Carolina

    Billy Nungesser for President

    I also think Obama needs to spend a very visible week down the gulf. Help clean-up, ride the marshes, ride the boom boats, and got to the spill location and see what's happening. 3-4 hours here and there is ridiculous

    Finally, fine BP additionally each day until they start paying these people that are working for them.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Jai

    President Obama needs to pull all oil companies together to plug the leaking well. This is clearly beyond BP's capabilities. Oil companies who claim deep water drilling is safe need to help solve this problem. Otherwise they should not be allowed to drill.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Matthew New Orleans, LA

    W.R.T Pass a Loutre why is it the State authorities cannot clean up the marsh? He just started they have an oil and water separator on the dock......meaning they have the equipment. Is the dependence on BP based on litigation (or threat of litigation)? Clean the damn marsh now! I have volunteed on two state sites.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  14. kevin in st louis

    Why doesn't the Governor and Billy the Parish President pull the trigger and start cleaning up the oil in the marshes. Do they not have the support of the Administration. These two are complaining on CNN, why don't they get to work and show some leadership of their own! Frustrated in St. Louis, MO, just up the river.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    yes time, this is our reality

    June 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  16. mark

    Marty, it is because of the physics of the pressure differences.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  17. debra pierce,tennessee

    why should BP care what happens they dont live near the ocean, and they have plenty of money, so they dont care about the little people

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Amanda

    Tony H. just needs to stop talking, he has a serious 'foot in mouth' problem.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Victoria Missouri

    Your the best Billy. Your involvement is wonderful. How do I give some money to get this thing going?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Diane Berube Canada

    So how many people can get food poisoning at the same time?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Michael

    I'm assuming (what no one is saying) the reason that the powers that be have dragged their feet to block the oil from ruining LA is the fact that if they block it from hitting there, it is likely to hit elsewhere...including the east coast, especially with the onset of hurricane season.

    Fact is they want it to hit there if it has to hit anywhere.

    And truthfully, that is only fair. And no politician will ever say that.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Scott

    I guess I don't understand... If there is equipment, as the Parish Pres. said, at the dock for over a week, why hasn't it been used. Why are we waiting for BP to fork over some cash. Implement, have the US Govt. reimpurse and the bill BP. Git-er-dun.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    I have a friend who is out there to "clean up the oil". he is paid to sit around all day and do nothing. He has been there for 9 days and worked 3 but is being paid for all nine days..... No joke..... Plus $80 pr diem......

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Brianna

    This is so devastating! It breaks my heart to see the loss of the wetlands and even more so to see billy nungessar so helpless to move ahead with the plans- my question is since president obama told him to call next time before anderson; did he call the president and tell him that bp isn't doing anything? I hope so!
    Brianna- New Mexico

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Jason, Alabama

    With the failures of today's attempt to stop the flow it appears as if we are stuck with a relief well. I don't have the confidence in BP to successfully drill a relief well and not have an unforeseen issue arise. We need another word besides catastrophe at this point.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Lisa

    Boycott BP!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  27. Steve Spind, LA

    Anderson- Louisianan's love the way you are here for us in these times of hardship !!. Tell Billy N, we are concerned for his well-being ! And please keep the pressure on BP to expose the incompetence and inaction!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Daisy

    Hi Anderson,
    I am a Tulane alum who lives in East Hampton, NY- I just returned from a weekend visit to my beloved New Orleans. I want to ask: Is there any capacity in which someone can volunteer to help the effort in the Gulf, either personally or financially? How to help?! Please let us know. Thank you.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Kristin

    There are reports that BP will start running ads apologizing for the spill and promising to make it right! Don't they realize that noone cares.....just clean up the mess and save the animals and people that are impacted by this nightmare!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  30. James Hendel Thunder Bay Canada

    Can a smaller diameter pipe fit inside the leaking pipe and then forced to the surface?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Janice Ocala Florida

    BP...what can I say that some one has not said yet..totally a disrespect of life and for Americans..All Tony is worried about is getting his life back..Well the people on the coast want their life back..

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  32. molly

    If BP won't/can't clean it up, why doesn't the federal government intervene, clean it up, and send BP the bill? Wouldn't this be the role of the EPA? What are they doing about this? Why haven't I seen an EPA spokesperson on the news?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  33. Chris

    What is BP waiting for? My question is, if this had happened on the coast of England how quickly would this have been handled and solved? Are they taking their time because it's not their own national coast line being polluted?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  34. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    Hi mr cooper and ac360 crews,

    My hopes and prayers could indefinitely be competed up to the spirits of the gulf states' citizens' to have their states re-assembled and retreated in peace quickly. Legally abiding speaking, could the people of the gulf area join forces and file class-action lawsuits since BP prevaricated how much the oil has gushed out?
    BP needs to work indefatigably till the very last drop of spill has been wiped of the gulf surface.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Maria

    Start cleaning and send BP a bill!! This is too time sensitive to sit back and wait for whatever it is they are waiting for. Let's get movin'!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Renee

    Spent the last 4 days at the beach. Needless to say my concern is that our Florida beaches are going to be destroyed. This is worse then red tide.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  37. Gloria

    This whole disaster makes me so sad and angry. Would BP do more if they were hit in their financial pockets?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  38. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    I agree with Parish President Billy Nungesser. The oil needs to be cleaned out of the ponds and estuaries that go through the marshes. That prevents further inundation with oil in the marsh and makes it possible for the marshes to have a chance to recover. Does the water come out of the cane due to tidal action? Also I did not know that after the oil moves in that the cane would fall into the marsh as Mary Matlin says. How long would it take areas of the marsh so affected to recover and regrow cane?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Paul

    In addition: If the oil slick is really where they say it is, why is the area restricted to fishing vastly larger than the spill? It seems a little "fishy" to me.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    You know this is worse than everyone thinks when NASA satellites can pick up the spill in the water

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Karen G

    It seems the gulf states should mobilize their own cleanup plan and hope to get reimbursed someday. The money they will lose now doing their own cleanup will be smaller than if the delay continues. I'm sure there are many volunteers across the country that will came and help.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  42. Sandy Guillot

    What is going to happen with fishermen they are starting to speak out-Would BP really fire them with the way their public opinion is? I would hope if they retaliate that you will Keep them Honest!

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

    If they would just let Jindal and Nungesser take the lead we could get a handle on this and Obama needs to make BP pay NOW!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Ivette

    Good evening everyone, I'm watching these images as a Floridian that is currently living across the pond in Spain. It is disturbing as a person that has grown up in the area with our beaches, marine life and everything that is endangered because of this disaster! I wonder, have people stopped refilling their gas tanks at BP stations?? I know I would!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  45. rick

    I've been wondering why they can't barrow the ships in dubi that they built the islands with. If they will suck up rock and sand they will suck up oil

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  46. gneil

    If Bp is not doing what it should for the clean up why has the President not taken over? Why is he leaving it in the hands of the company that did this?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. Gary

    This seems like Warfare on The US, Exspecially when the BP guy says the plan is working, He could very well be attemrting to destroy what ever he can. This may be an attack. And his plan may be working, you see?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Elly in Texas

    I don't mean to sound stupid, but ... If Billy N. has some sort of machine that can suck the oil out of the water, why can't he use it? Does he need BP's permission? If so, why?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Kurt, Nashville

    I'm not sure I understand. If the equipment is in the parking lot, why isn't it being used? Who owns the equipment? As a matter of urgency, can't Louisiana or the Feds get the process moving?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Mike


    Please tell Billy and the Gov the hell with BP...get their equiptment in there and start the clean up. Forget Federal regs...All of America is behind you! Start the clean up!

    Mike / Boston

    June 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
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