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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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. Nancy Mobley

    Why aren't the oil water separators loaded onto barges along with multiple vac trucks and taken to the spill site? It is common sense!!!! Get them out there and TELL BP that this is what you are going to do. Argue about it later!
    The metalworking side of BP and those who buy from them will suffer with price increases in a down economy, as well as fishermen & women, as well as the WORLDS ocean!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Jeff

    If you think BP is going to clean up there mess, think again, why should they waist any $ on the clean up when they have an eminent " act of God " coming soon (hurricane season) which will spread this mess so far and wide that it will be impossible to clean up and also impossible to pay for, when the oil gets spread deep into the mainland the costs will grow to become impossible to estimate.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Darrell

    Bp ned to show some compassion about this oil spill and let Bill bring his mechines and get this oil out.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Alan

    I used to make the kind of steel pipe used in this riser. It must be a ductile steel, and with the right equipment could be 'crimped' closed. No, not easy, but I'm sure a powerful type of vice could be placed there and squeeze the pipe shut.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Morgen

    What is the deal with the BP CEO? Come on! These people are out here cleaning up YOUR mess and you suggest they have food poison? Stop!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Julie

    They should take the CEO and top personnel and make them take a bath in the oil laden water every day until the marshes are clean...
    It's all about money folks....all about money!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Ruth

    I watched a video that urged the use of microbes in cleaning up the spill.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    Molly, this is what we have been saying for days.... While the government has the "boot on their neck", get them to write a check to the state of Louisiana and let us help ourselves and save this country's wetlands

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Scott McG

    Where aren't the Queen, and PM of the UK forcing BP to get this oil cleaned up? Why is it the US vs. BP?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Sue

    I feel like we (the world) wouldn't know much at all if it weren't for AC360. Our government rushed in to help Wall Street. We should see an all-out effort to protect the Gulf: wildlife, people, livelihoods. I wonder if we will see a lot more being done if the oil heads over to places like Naples and Marco Island?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    It sounds like these offshore drillers have had their way, playing fast and loose with any rules and regulations for a long time. How did they get away with this?? Was someone asleep at the wheel or were they just allowed to do whatever they wanted? The consequences are horrible. Remember the ounce of prevention? Because no one likes the pound of cure!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Amanda

    I just want to say thanks for all that ur trying to do. My husband and all of his family all they do is shrimp and crab so this is really sad that bp talks a lot of talk and no action. I just want someone to tell me how we should pay our bills after bps mess. My husband has over 150 thousand dollars invested in his boat and it does us no good when he can't use it. I know u can say get a new job but he can not get a new job making the money he makes. I'm glad that we are savers but not everyone is.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Robert Wiseman

    DO not wait any longer for BP. Have the American Government, or Military take over the clean up, and send BP the bill. I f any more time is waisted the entire American Gulf coast will become a collapsed economy.

    America need to act today!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Brandi- Houston, TX

    Originally from Plaquemines Parish, LA.. I am teary eyed as I watch this and I am frustrated that BP is choosing their greed over the environment. Their lack of ethics makes me just ill. Enough already, they are the " terrorists!" Do something Mr. President!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Justin Cislo, TX

    how long will the government allow BP too do a poor job before intervening? We need too hold them accountable and watch their cleanup efforts with a microscope. If they can not act effectively, in a timely manor, someone needs too step in and say so.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. kebe

    Hello Anderson
    I just saw Gov. Bobby Jindal, talking about he know what to do. He has the people and contractors who know what to do. Gov. Bobby Jindal said all BP has to do is just to cut a check…. Why isn’t Gov. Bobby Jindal, just do the work and send the bill to BP later. Stop talking and get to work.. stop the oil and build the burm.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Victoria Missouri

    EPA is all about the money.
    There are many solutions. Get it going. We are weeks behind. I cant believe it.
    Send them the bill. Do it now

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. John

    BP isn't coughing up any money to clean up THEIR mess. Perhaps money will get there attention as we all boycott BP nationwide. I'd rather give Hugo my money than BP.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Nick - Atlanta GA

    If the Parish President and the Gov. of LA have solutions available to protect the marshes and beaches, why are they waiting for BP? I understand the financial aspect of the problem, but can't they argue about the money after the safeguards are in place?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. don r

    US government needs to freeze BP's assets, except to be used to clean-up the world worst oil spill. This is a question of national security.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Christine Michals

    I just want to know if this is a inadverdant attempt as a terroist attack? Other countries are reporting different stories about what is really going on!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  22. Kate - Canada

    @ Diane Berube Canada
    my thoughts exactly

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Daniel

    Why is BP so brutally lacking in dealing with this in a PR friendly way, how stupid are they?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Brett

    Instead of wasting more time attemping to have a reasonable conversation with B/P officials, how about starting the clean up now. Take them to court later. Deal with the problem at hand.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Henry Green, Washington DC & Quito Ecuador

    Stabilize the berms with Vetiver Grass!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Tracy Brown - Canada

    Today there was a big meeting in Washington with Marine biologists, all manner of scientists, and ironically, film director James Cameron because he has a lot of experience with underwater robotis for filiming. So, they are trying to get as many creative minds together from different disciplines to try to come up with some new ideas.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Beth

    What can we as americans do to help? Has anyone set up a place so that we can donate to help these poor animals or help with the cleanup?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  28. Rita of Florida

    I agree with molly...where is the EPA? What can we, the average citizen, do?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Denise

    🙂 also....please remind AMERICANS that we are all in this TOGETHER – I live in South Florida where the beaches have not been affected YET... we need to come together with our great minds and get this fixed. Make proper regulations and start the process of going green – use the water for wind power.... we can do this if there is oversight and we take our country BACK thank you – keep showing what is REALLY happening

    June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Matthew New Orleans, LA

    Follow-up to previous post...."He" is Billg Nungesser "stated they have an oil and water...."

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Kate - Canada

    @James Hendel Thunder Bay Canada
    I think the official story about that is that the oil is gushing out too quickly and with too much pressure.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Charlotte

    I wish the locals would just go ahead and do what they think needs to be done.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  33. Jonas

    Thankfully this happened to BP, had this happened to a smaller oil company the tax payer would be paying a lot more. This accident could have happened to any of the oil cos drilling in the GOM. Why is no one asking why the BOP did not function like it is designed to? Why is no one asking why the subsea wellhead did not work like it is supposed to. This is a disaster of enormous proportions and we all need to come together to solve this – a bit less of BP bashing perhaps and a bit more volunteering? Lets not forget that the oil industry has been very beneficial to the Gulf states for the past 50 years,

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  34. fran carswell

    Hi,,, just wondering why they can't put something that absorbs oil first into the line then insert mud or something to keep it in. In other words something like a giant tampon.

    Thank you


    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  35. Jennifer

    Hi everyone! just watching 360. I'm gathering there are clean up solutions that are in limbo because BP is not stepping up to the plate to pay. OK I agree that's an issue, but seriously what are we waiting for, how is any money too much not to throw at this and do the accounting later. Surely the future is priceless. Jennifer, Toronto Canada

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  36. Steve Spind, LA

    I agree with Julie's comment above. Several radio talk show host are pushing the governor to go to our legislature to appropriate the money.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Since the oil is moving towards Florida, I wonder if MS. governor Haley Barbour is still satisfied with how BP and the government is handling this crisis now that it is getting closer to his "home"?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Adrian Kirrin Cohn

    Mr. Cooper,

    I am a recent graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. I helped organize Rollins Relief, an organization that continues to rebuild New Orleans post-Katrina in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

    What can Rollins Relief and college students do to help clean up the Gulf Coast?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Mike

    Mary are you kidding me! Here you are standing in the middle of the worst oil spill in history and you say drill baby drill...not you to Billy...that made you both look bad! Stop drilling in the ocean!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Connie Snyder

    Answer to Billy Nungesser's question on how to reach BP executives: make it personal. As Hayward said, he wants his life back. They don't want to be discomforted by the suffering of others and the ecoside they caused. Until it DOES get personal, this will happen again.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Kristin

    The Feds held the auto industries accountable...and the banks....why are they giving BP a pass??

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Stephanie

    I suggest going ahead on and use the water vacuum no matter what BP is saying! If Lousiana has this equipment, USE IT! I'd like to see BP come in and stop someone from cleaning up! I just do not think they would! This is so horrible.... it's just crazy!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  43. keschete

    We actually own 125 acres of pristine marsh south of Boudreaux Canal in Chauvin and the no fishing zone is now only miles from our property!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Diane Berube Canada

    Charge the oil exec’s good, fine them; great; but please keep them working on getting this oil under control. The more help the better.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Dillon, Canada

    This is embarrassing! Why is this taking so long?
    At this point i don't think BP should be worrying about money and reputation, that was thrown out the window a long time ago. Fix this leak and clean up then deal with everything else after.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Shari

    The government should take over, call in the best experts of the world, get the job done and send BP the bill!
    There is no excuse for all this complacency.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ James from Canada – they did use syphoning for a matter of few days and divert and capture leak – they stopped it with the top kill and now cut the pipe to a clear outlet to cap it...

    hopefully they will divert the oil to a tanker vs. having it float in plumes beneath and on the surface

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is possible, that is right you have good point there.

    Oil spill had spread over to other states Alabama, Florida and gulf. hopefully have to clean up.

    Look live feed right side on your tv screen right now check it out.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Stephen

    Why won't the federal government allow the local folks to build these sand barriers? It's happening in their backyard and it should be their decision! BP and the gov. should allow and pay for these methods which the locals think will work best. What is going on!?!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  50. daniel

    I think there should be a nationwide boycott of BP. Maybe the more money they lose the more they will get their butts in gear and clean up this spill.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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