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. Jack

    The best person to come to the aid of the BP-Gulf Oil Crisis is General Russel L. Honore. Can President Obama ask him to help us?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    While this horrible now, the earliest this will stop is August... Pray for all the fisherman and businesses along the entire gulf Coast

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Perry

    At this I am afriad for all the wildlife and fishes. Iwonder what will happen when it reaches the Bahamas Island. BP just same at a lost of what to do but does not appear to really want help

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Dawn in Atlanta

    Dear Anderson and Viewers,

    Here's the thing; BP is a profit making business; the company does not care about cleaning up the oil. Their only concern is with capping the pipe because they are losing money.

    We should stop expecting them to help.

    In my opinion the only solution is for President Obama to declare the area a national disaster; release funds and take charge of the clean up.

    Charge BP the clean up cost once the well is capped. If they do not pay, close them down.

    Our immediate emergency is to focus on the cleanup and leave BP to cap the well.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  5. Justin Cislo, TX

    Lol. "No why would the millions of gallons of oil be causing heal hazzards too the workers? It's clearly a case of food poisoning." Well i can only imagine all the "food poisoning " issue we will have with nearly 40% of the Gulf Eco-system polluted with oil. I understand no one likes too admitt when they are in the wrong but come on.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Amanda

    Why aren't Haliburton and Transocean being held responsible for this too? We can't wash their hands clean of this oil!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  7. Renay Nelson from MS

    I am so glad that at least someone is paying attention to what is happening down here! Thank you Anderson Cooper!! And thank you Jindall. It just makes me sick!!! I live 1 hour from the Gulf Coast and just when recovering from Katrina, we get this.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  8. Jason - North Carolina

    How many more days have to go by before they use the super tanker and the vacuuming method. Pull 2 super tankers immediately and lets get some things done.

    This method was proven!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. grouchyone

    BP needs to step aside and Obama needs to take the reigns and pull whatever resources are necessary around the world and "plug the damn hole". Let's plug the hole first...then start the finger pointing later.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. cindy bruce

    my personal opinion is that they are more worried about getting what's left of the oil from the well than the damage its doing. more money in the pockets of BP.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Matt Piatkowski

    One solution for cleaning up the beaches and wetlands of Florida when this oil disaster comes ashore is to use the method we use in the Navy.

    Its very simple and very affective. So, affective we used it on flightdecks of aircraft carriers and fueling stations.

    'Boiling water and steam.'

    Use water cannons to shoot out boiling water or steam from Amphibious Land Craft provided by the Navy and Marine Corp.

    Its much safer than using these dispersant.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. matthew jouzapaitis

    Anderson,,,Just tell them to do what they want for clean up.Dont expect anyone of the people above them to get the job done. For the passes and causways,,,They can put 4 to 5 layers of bouys and direct the oil to a catch bason with the polymers .(Like they did on the shoreline.) I would say put Hay bails at the marshes edge with stakes to keep them in place. (The water will go in and the oil will stay out .) For the marses that are contaminated,,, BURN it .like a candle.It will get rid of most of it before it can go any further in and do more damage.After the burn the marshes will come back .

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Emily

    How could Tony H. blame that on the food!?

    The people out there working with the oil on the water are the ones getting 'food poisoning', is what Tony is suggesting?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    What are the projections for place oil comes ashore?

    Why wasn't the absorbent boom replaced with more abosrbent boom if oil is coming ashore in that area?

    How is the spawning season being affected? Is there any sense of that?

    @Isabel Good to see you!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  15. Norma

    Does Marlee Maitlen know why the offshore drilling standards were relaxed under the Bush Administration and specifically per Dick Cheney?
    Rather than find fault with the "government" (ie:Obama aministration) perhaps we should look toward the decisions that allowed this to happen.
    It seems that the current administration is trying to be proactive with what they were dealt, more so than Bush administration during the Kartrina disaster

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Fran

    If the state of Louisana has a vaccum that can remove the oil from the marsh, why are they waiting for BP to use it?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Keith

    Website is picture of millions of dead fish in la.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Martina

    This is terrorism plain and simple at the highest degree. BP does not care about the US, they do not care what they destroy, all you have to do is look at their actions not their words. They are very interested in trying to get as much of that oil put on a tanker to sell. They do not care how much spills like he says "its a drop in the bucket" and he is right if you look at it like he is......financially. The oil wasted is nothing compared to what he can pull up and profit from. That goes for the other companies involved in this mess also. Over time the profit outweighs the problems.
    Lawsuits for decades, what do they care they will still be pumping oil. Its the largest reservoir they have ever hit.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Noel

    We keep hearing about how we need the oil and during the election drill baby drill and now we have this huge enviromental disaster when are we going to stop making excusses and truly start the trasition to clean energy? Yes, it will take time to convert over but when are we going to truly invest in it and do it and not say it will take time? The time is now.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Dianna Smith

    why is the government not getting involved in this clean up. This is so extreme to our waters and wildlife and soon it will effect all of us.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. simon

    why hasn't the louisiana gov. just started working and vacuuming? worry about money later? this is a natural disaster, seems like we should act first, pay later.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    Anderson has been our television anchor savior... he has gotten the story out there for us early on. Thank you Anderson from the bottom of our hearts.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Robert J. Kelly

    I am nearly 60 years old and I have never personally witnessed a more inept attempt at trying to handle this clean-up of the Gulf. The images I see of people picking up oil by hand with plastic bags walking the beaches or taking towels and wiping off the grasses of the marshes seems like a comedic skit not a valid attempt at cleaning up such a large scale catastrophe and area.... are they kidding?... why was this company allowed to drill at such depths without proof of being able to handle a potential disaster like this? Shouldn't they as a matter of course have the buoy's in place to begin with to better contain the oil in case of a leak? Why isn't there a tube within a tube so that if the main tube breaks the secondary tube would prevent further leakage???Also very frustrating to see equipment and people sitting there waiting for permission to act due to bureaucracy.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Justin

    I have an idea. Take a Supertanker supplied by BP, cut a hole in the bottom, and sink that puppy right over the leak. It could be used as a giant manifold and surface ships could suck out the oil. It won't be leakproof but hey, right now it's killing our EARTH.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think Supertanker should have somewhere to protect underwater, might not clean up as well. might too late for that.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Kristin

    BP is monitoring. They have said that it's just a tiny bit in relation to the size of the ocean! They need to take their blinders off and get realistic.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Tracy Brown - Canada

    Jonas – good point. The oil industry has benefitted many, BP included.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Beth, there is an organization that takes human hair donations and they make these mats that are used to soak up the oil from incidents like this. they are called matteroftrust.org and you do not have to have long hair for it. Or there is the company that makes Dawn dish soap and they take donations for helping clean the animals

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Charles A. Bowsher

    The thing about the saw blade getting stuck in the cut is classic 'Keystone Cops". Maybe this time they will do a back cut or two so their saw will not bind as the cut approaches its end! (big surprise). Should have checked the "Sawing Horizontally 101" manual, it's right there between the sections titled "Saws are Sharp" and "When and how loud to yell "timber!"" cluelsss!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Nancy Bonifield

    Is it posssible to burn off some of this oil?

    If there is a way to clean it up, why can't the state just start doing it and have BP pay the bill?

    They know they have to pay for the cleanup, get going now and let any company start cleaning it up.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I wish Anderson would talk to some of the people taking care of the oiled animals. I would like to know what they are seeing as far as wildlife is concerned. How many animals have they treated and how many dead animals have they seen?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Kimberly Roberts, Louisiana

    Thanks Anderson for keeping the focus on the situation here in Louisiana. The rest of the country needs to realize why we feel so passionate about our coastal area. No we don't have beautiful white sand beaches like Florida, unfortunately. However, our marshes are extremely beneficial to our economy and ecosystem. My thoughts and prayers are also with the rest of the Gulf Coast as it looks like the oil is headed your way too.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Victoria Missouri

    We have to protect what is able to be saved. I will give you all the money I will save on gas with my newly purchased electric assist bike.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Samantha Rowley

    It's sad to hear Billy say that Louisiana will die a slow death. We've all asked again and again, what can we do about this? Some answers: Not buy from BP stations, help with the wildlife cleanup, write to the President, EPA and Congress. And is this enough?

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

    Are we using all resourses in the world to help us solve this problem. It's clear BP needs help from a company or individual to solve this leak>

    June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    BP is trying out to for the late show; they know that the workers are get sick from smelling that oil fuel and not from the food they might have eaten.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. SSheryl Fisher-Acosta

    Is BP in cahoots with Bin Laden?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Brooke

    What needs to be done to light the fire underneath BP's feet to get moving? Seriously?! This is the real thing and it is going to destroy jobs, coastlines, and ecosystems for years, if not centuries, to come! I am very disturbed to see the response from BP and Tony Hayward to this whole entire situation. To chalk the illnesses up to "food poisoning" is insulting....

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Denise

    Chomp – Chomp – Anderson, why isn't anyone talking about what TEXAS used to clean up their oil spills by using microbes and bio-remediation? The microbes "ate" the oil and were competely safe for fish to eat. They eventually die after eating ALL the oil.

    It is 10% the cost of the toxic dispersments – 10% !!!

    Clean up the marshlands and wetland in 6 WEEKS !! WEEKS

    Is there a reason this isn't being used? Reminds me of Pac-Man

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Kenya

    Oh Anderson BP is avoiding you. Stay optimistic. They know they won't be able to handle it!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    I believe that BP and the other two companies needs to put more when it comes to paying and keeping these people safe ect.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Tim

    You say that BP has had a week to pay for the sand bearms...but it took the government over three weeks to approve them in the first place. The Governor had previously complained about that obstruction and delay last week. You don't suppose the administration had another motivation and agenda in waiting until the oil got past them and made it a more emotional statement?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Debbie Casale

    President Obama needs to tell BP to start sucking up the oil by tomorrow and work with the locals in the parishes to get the job done, or the Feds take over the job and send BP the bill !

    How fast will the cleanup then be completed !

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  44. NMercado, Ph.D.

    I'm not a scientist but I believe it'll take 50 years or more before the environment will be able to recuperate from this horror...I do not agree with Mary or Billy, it seems to me the oil companies do not want to spend the money it takes to have "safe" rigs, etc. They're more interested in making money. This is evident by what is happening with the lack in the clean up effort...I believe the oil companies will not spend the money for the proper clean up if a spill happens either...

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Charlotte

    They need to start building the berms now.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Darlene Pedersen

    BP clearly doesn't care! CNN demonstrated great inventions such as the sponge on a weekend show. Louisiana needs to get our government to purchase these products and implement clean up in coordination with the parishes and state. Then our government needs to sue BP for these costs. Without immediate action the damage will be irreparable. Make Obama and our government responsible for the clean up as BPs only focus is stopping the oil leak. I will never buy BP gasoline again. I feel so sorry for all the inhabitants along the Gulf coast of Louisiana.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  47. Evan

    I realize what has happened is absolutely horrible and BP execs have acted like pigs so far but in their deference, yes they don't know what to do, and yes they didn't take the proper precautions before this happened but NO ONE knows what to do so its hard to criticize when you have no valuable input

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Chris

    I hope that BP turns around and pays all of those fishermen that can't work due to their mistake. And food poisoning? BP really needs to wake up and smell the oil. They can leak and they can try to sling it but don't expect us to -buy- that!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  49. Diane Berube Canada

    If you start offering to take rigs off of BP hands maybe they might start paying.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Amanda

    How is CNN estimating gallons leaked? 34million+ in 44 days is about 18500 barrels/day. Is 18500 an agreed upon amount now?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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