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. Nancy in Oregon

    So the same young man is being searched for again, this time for the death of another young woman....Will his family try to cover for him again?!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    FEMA is not in the Gulf region. The only thing being talked about are SBA loans. How can a fisherman repay a loan when he has lost his ability to earn an income..... It's crazier and crazier than people think

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Daniel

    Where is FEMA? EPA?

    Where is actual action?!?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Rob

    Maybe now we might understand how precious our enviorment is. To all the truckers there is no need to idle your engines for hours at a time. Turn them off,the by product of your spent fuel is one of the highest cancer causing agents. Plus,the need to drill for oil would be reduced.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. mike

    Hey BP,

    The pipe line has been compared to a open fire hydrant. This is an incorrect analogy. It's more comparable to a running garden hose and the best and cheapest way to stop the flow is to kink it.

    Thanks Mike, from Maine

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  6. David

    Why aren't they using PRP (Petroleum Remediation Product). Supposedly, it renders oil BIODEGRADEBLE!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  7. joanne

    It should be required by law that every deep sea oil well have a relief valve. Certainly any new oil wells that are drilled anywhere should have a relief valves .

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  8. Vicki

    Why isn't anybody trying to clean this up with straw? Has anybody seen the YouTube video? It worked there. Those little tube worms aren't doing near enough. I hope at least someone is taking that seriously!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Michael Ryschon

    Who comes up with the stupid nicknames for each of the "fixes" to the leak?? Must be BP, bet they have a whole room full of people just thinking of catch phrase's.

    How about Operation "Sure-to-fail" – that is at least BP being honest!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Barbara

    I hope you'll start covering Florida's lack of preparation for the incoming oil. All I've heard so far is an appeal for boom...we know this approach did not work in LA.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  11. molly

    Thanks for reporting Gary. Aren't workers supposed to receive wages within a 2 week period from the date services were rendered? What are the state codes with regard to this?

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

    Billy is on the right track about vaccuuming up the spill. i should know because I do it almost every day at work.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Steve

    This situation in the Gulf of Mexico has evolved into the realm of ab surdity. BP has succesfully destroyed an ecosystem! I think that given the arrogance of BP officials, the United States Government should simply seize all BP assets in the USA, and the Canadian government should be encouraged to follow suit.. This is the greatest act of terrorism, intentional or not, since 911.... The people of this planet should boycott BP products. I have made a personal choice to do exactly that..

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

    To those unpaid boat captains...you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Are the invoices truly paid NET 15? Most Accounts Payable invoices are paid within 30 to 45 days. Compensation is not something you want to mess around with.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  15. lisal -canada

    why don't some philanthropists with billions pick up the tab for some of this restoration and cleaning. BP won't be able to pay all their expenses and then the ppl who contributed will 'own' bp. ha.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  16. manuel

    Looks like the only way to get the attention of BP to clean up their mess is for everyone in the US to boycott every BP station and product sold in the US until they come to the aid of the gulf coast states.
    In the past I have lived in LA and I know what a disaster this is for these hard working people and BP needs to step up to the plate and help them and we can give them a strong push to do this by not buying their products until they do so.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Emily

    @Scott McG,
    They have turned down help from many countries....not sure if Britain was one of them... I remember seeing here that Saudi Arabia & Canada offered to help and were turned away.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "BP must be trying out for the 'Late Show;' they know that the workers are getting sick from smelling the oil fuel and not from the food that they might have eaten!"

    June 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Brooke

    BP can't even pay the fisherman?! Come on. BP needs to man up and face the consequences. We all need to come down on BP hard, very hard. Confidentiality agreements and putting fear in people is wrong, wrong, wrong!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    David In LA – I feel the same sorrow when I watch Billy N. It's is absolutely heartbreaking

    June 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Kate - Canada

    @ Andy Canada
    That is an excellent point. I really hope that the silver lining from this disaster is that governments put restrictions on fossil fuels. This is the 21st century! We need to abandon the damaging technologies of the past.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Philly

    The bottom line is that this is a disaster like none we have ever seen before. No one really knows how this is going to affect the earth in the long term. BP obviously did not have a plan in place for a disaster of this magnitude. They need to act and act now. Not in a few days, not in a week, now.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  23. Susan

    Help...someone please help us. I live in Crawfordville, FL in the panhandle and the oil will reach us soon. If you have never visited the north Florida coastline, it is one of the most beautiful areas in the state. It is an outdoorsman's paradise with a breathtaking coastline. I have seen more marine life in these bays than anywhere else in the states or caribbean. It is going to be destroyed.

    Doesn't anyone have any ideas? BP...get some help! You are destroying one of the most amazing places on earth.

    Thank you Anderson, for your relentess pursuit of the truth.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Paula

    You know what makes me sad, it's that I used to worry about eating fish from China or any food. So sad! Now I won't eat fish from America. I will not let my family eat shrimp or fish from the gulf. We are killing ourselves. We have posioned our good supply. Salazar and many heads should roll! Obama has been in office almost 2 yrs now!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  25. Kimberly Roberts, Louisiana

    One of the reasons BP is dragging its feet is that there is no real accountability. When the admiral of the US Coast Guard is seen having dinner with BP's CEO Tony Hayward, there is clearly a blurring of the lines. It seems unethical to me. Meetings can take place in a boardroom not a restaurant.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  26. jill

    Hi Anderson, I have a ?, Was the disbursment that they are spraying ordered at the time of the explosion or was it sitting in a warehouse some where for the last 10 years since it was banned from England? Is this there way of useing up old invintory?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Don Stovicek

    Anderson Cooper said that already 1/3 of the Gulf is contaminated. That has occurred in just 40 days. Mathematically, that means ALL of it will be contaminated by August. PLEASE send someone down to Louisiana to take charge! Or give the Governor of Louisiana the full backing of the Federal Government to take charge.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Heather in Canada

    maybe it's too simplistic but why not just run a wider pipe down over the pipe the oil is coming from and pump into tankers? even without a pump, I would think the oil would be easier to contain this way.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Emily

    I wonder how many times we are going to hear this?
    (about workers not getting paid.. 🙁 )

    June 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Scott McG

    If this oil disaster was off the coast of the UK; you can bet the US would be there helping to clean up. Where are the Brits!? Why just leave it to BP? (Botched Petroleum)

    June 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Chris

    This is a US tradgedy of a millenia. Not even the harshest critics are truly comprehending the scale and scope, this could kill all of the Gulf, the entire coasts of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida(not just the west coast) I predict Florida beach closings on the Atlantic coast in one month.
    If other countries, like Mexico, Cuba, or Jamacia become affected, they are going to look to America fo retribution, not BP.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  32. vic nashville tn

    Time for Obama administration to fire the BP

    BP has to pay the all the cost

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

    @Dawn in Atlanta, "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."

    I agree and then bill BP for the clean up.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  34. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    BP has no technology or equipment that can slow down the damage. They will need to come clean and seek help.

    The Feds should facilitate the discussions out in the open. I heard that they got a gathering of some mariners, scientists and others today to look for ideas.

    But they all will have to work together. The law suits, investigations, proceedings can all happen at a later date.

    BP will not pay anyone anything until they will have the full knowledge of how much this will cost and what fed is after (both thru civil and criminal cases)

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Sherry Murphy's Cove FL

    If the lack of money is what's preventing Louisiana from starting its own dredging and clean up, would people be willing to text $10 like they did for the Haiti earthquake relief? There is no time to waste arguing about who will pay what, and when. Immediate action is of the utmost importance, because this can and will get worse.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Diane

    Where is the international help? This will be a WORLD wide disaster before its all said and done.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Sue Raab Whiting

    When Cleveland's (Ohio) river caught on fire many years ago there
    was a guy that customized his boat to suck up the oil and chemicals in the Cuyahoga River. He was very successful. This fire resulted in the creation of the EPA. Maybe Cleveland could help.
    This is so sad. I live on the upper Cuyhoga River and its beautiful here I can't imagine it covered with oil. I feel for the people and the wildlife in the Gulf. Thanks Anderson for being their voice.
    I hope you can keep up the good work.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    David – the spawning season is in critical condition. The oil coming into the wetlands and not being cleaned up is killing everything – dead zone to be exact.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  39. JOhn - Canada

    BP should have contained on day one of the spill. Should not have taken this long. Did BP think that the oils spill would stop by itself? Obama missed the mark too.. He allowed BP to leave it for too long. Should have told them to contain it as soon as the spill happened.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. maureen

    not a 360 fan, but I hope with all my heart this show stays on top of BP for the duration of this catasrophe. God works in strange ways, perhaps this will level the oil companies and force them to return profits by creating jobs. Their fist and grip on the money is tight. Get in there and loosen that grip.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Bill - Upper NYS

    I don't understand it. Where is the BP Board of Directors? Why are they putting up with Tony Hayward and his lies and mismanagement? Don't they realize he has directly contributed to the loss of BP's reputation and credibility? Don't they realize that their silence makes them culpable in the eyes of the American public? Why haven't they voted "No Confidence" and fired him? The American public's patience is running out.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Emily

    Is FEMA down in the Gulf?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Sonia Howell

    Evening everyone, Flordia, get ready to fight for booms. It has taken LA 6 wks to get approved for 40 miles of sand booms. So what kind of fight are ya'll ready for ? Good Luck ! This is so out of controll. BP has proven that they are incapable of handeling their rigs, Tony is only worried about #1. He doesn't have to live around the land he has destroyed. We Americans spent alot of money on these wild Animals to get them off of the endangered list. Crying Shame

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Ron Paget

    Just read about a North Sea experiment ten years ago where 1000 gallons of crude was released at 2000 feet. . No dispersants were used. Only four percent of the total came to the surface. The rest was found stratified at various levels within the water column. .

    Mr. Tony "There are no plumes in the Gulf" Haywood should be put in jail. What a disgrace. There are good people working for BP. I know many of them, but the top management is abysmal.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  45. Jason - North Carolina

    What's the update with the international aide? We help every country in the world anytime there is crisis, where are they and why won't we let them help??

    June 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    I can't believe that this company haven't pay these people, for BP makes millions of dollars. I don't get it! Are they waiting for them to start dropping DEAD from the smell ect?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  47. NMercado, Ph.D.

    See? This is what I'm talking about...BP (oil company) apparently, does not want to spend the money to give these poor workers masks...they are still spraying this deadly chemical all over the area because they do not want anyone to know how much oil has spilled...they don't care about the workers safety or the environment...just like cutting that pipe...for what reason? ...to try and siphon as much oil as they can to sell?? If they really wanted to stop the gushing oil, why didn't they just bomb the site and have it implode on itself?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Maggie McMenamin

    I live in Charleston SOuth Carolina and like the good people of the Louisiana coastline- Charleston's economy is highly dependent on our coastline- every day I think about the people and wild life that is being devastated from this mess- I can see that in the faces of the Louisianians that you have interviewed all have the expression of people who are crushed by this disaster- it breaks my heart and makes me so angry at BP- what can I personally do to help?

    don't let up on BP – keep them honest and let the American public know what we can do to help

    June 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  49. Pat

    Since Hayward is such a compassionate person, Ha, Ha, lets have him go out and help this clean up first hand. Maybe he won't get sick from "food poisoning" but from the oil like everyone else. Someone needs to fire this guy. If he is an example of what all the big wig CEO's are like, that probably explains why our country is in the shape it is in now. Thank you Anderson for standing up to these people.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Tracy Brown - Canada

    Joanne – I believe the burm project(s) are already underway.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
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