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. 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, but the top management is abysmal.

    Ron Paget
    Houston, Texas

    June 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Sharon Hastings

    I sincerely hope you stay with this story Anderson. BP is hoping against hope that you will just lose interest and go away. Please don't. There is much to be learned from this and we need to focus on how to change things so this can't happen again. From what I'm hearing there are other offshore oil drilling operations that are not safe and are at risk of bad problems.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Heather - Spokane, WA

    What is really sad about this is that after the mess is cleaned up the marshes are not going to be like they were before due to the damage to the soil there that the oil did

    June 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  4. joanne

    Marshes, coral reefs, beaches, sea life, birds, clean water, aquifers, and people, BP has killed everything in sight

    June 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Paul

    Get some Navy attack submarine out there and start pinging the water. I believe they will be able to measure the extent of the underwater oil plumes with their sonar equipment.

    BP doesn't want anyone to get a clue of how much oil is out there, because by Valdez costs, spill volumes and inflation, if you use the real volume of oil BP has released, they're nearing bankruptcy right now and certainly will by the time the relief well is drilled.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Samantha Rowley

    Anderson, last week Rob Marciano spent time with NOAA down on the gulf. What would he say to their claims?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Mr. Clarence Curry

    I am as frustrated by the lack of success as many residents are and wonder why the experts have not used a better method sooner. I am a tool and diemaker and have a proposal to evaluate. Reverse the problem and solution. It is simple. Forget the Cap. Will not work and all the oil and gas present will be lost. Let's consider an idea from a simpler perspective that will allow the resource to still be utilized. Good for the people and good for BP– if they will listen and consider this proposal. Run my rubber coated eyedropper-shaped tube-(design to be furnished– if deemed interesting)-and capture all this valuable resource before this event becomes worse. I am a BP stockholder and have held them in high regard until this. Please try to pursue this idea and venture from an easier and more timely avenue.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. joe, evansville, in.

    I have to go back to the beginning of this tragedy in the gulf because I know someone who knows someone who has worked on one of those off-shore oil rigs. The information that I've gotten is that there are enough backup systems and security checks in place that this could have been avoided. Its this person's feeling that it was clearly human error. Could this have been an act of terror???
    To Mr. Cooper and all the folks at CNN, you guys are doing a yeoman's job down there. And to the Parish President( I can't pronunce his last name, first name is Billy) God bless you and everybody touched by this tragedy. You're going on my prayer list where I go to church

    June 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Diane Berube Canada

    The talking needs to stop and action starts. All due respect to president Obama, but that should be the right mix now. Talking should be done before not during and certainly, not once it is over, it will be far too late.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That was a great report by Gary! He has a great talent for connecting with all types of people in all types of situations.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  11. Pascal Bocherel, New Rochelle, NY

    Skimming oil with booms is not efficient at all, they barely slow down the spills. A company in Brittany France has developed a technology to collect oil floating at the surface of water at x 10 the rate of oil skimmer boats. I contacted BP 3 weeks ago and every week since, still no answer. Coast Guard responded very quickly but they are not leading the cleanup and BP with the Deepwater Horizon response team are the ones who can decide which technology will be used.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Lynn

    Anderson, Thank you for your comprehensive coverage of the oil spill. This is a horrible national tragedy, and I can't understand why we aren't doing more as a Nation. Obviously BP isn't going to take care of their mess. They need to be ordered to pay up and get out of the way so those who do care can get this cleaned up. I am a very sad and helpless feeling American. Is there anything citizens across the country can do to help?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Donald

    Anderson: How's about CNN rewards that brave fisherman for stepping up and speaking out by paying him what BP owes him? What a great way to put the shame on them, not only for their unfathomable handling of this crisis, but for their persistence in ignoring you.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Kenya


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

    Apparently BP has been offered help from nations around the world but they have declined.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  15. david doolittle

    hi A.C.i just wanted to say i think it is asshame how thw poor people of america have to suffer and we have no say, while the rich and the greedy types are useing up all our nateral resouces faster than they can be replaced!!it seems like to me noone has any feeling of guilt anymore.it is all about a dollar and the bottom line!!stepping on all the little peoples toes along the way.just to get rich?????

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

    Can these oil plumes travel in the water currents and move throughout the world..? Christ help us because man won't...

    June 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Sally

    Anderson why are the people of Louisiana and their governor not going ahead and making the sand islands? If they know it will work, get going and sue BP for the money. It may take 20 to 30 years to get the money but they will save the marsh.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    The deep sea is getting messed-up, let get real. BP just don't want to face the facts. Why is there no relief valves in deep wells?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Denise Bilello

    Is anyone doing any Benzene monitoring?
    OSHA has specific guidelines about this.

    If BP authorizes the use of respirator protection, the people who use the respirators would have to have a medical clearance before being fit tested for respirator use. This would add to BPs costs. Look up the OSHA guidelines.

    Where is OSHA?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Connie ~ Clearwater Beach, FL

    Where are the armed forces? Where is the international help? Why is the US sitting back letting a private company control this? We need to get every possible company, armed forces, help from any country who will assist and stop this oil from hitting our beaches and continuing to kill our wildlife. This is SERIOUS and it will poison our oceans and destroy our ecosystem. We shoudl have surrounded this leak immediately and cleaned it up as it came out!!! Wake up!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "Have you seen how they are removing the oil off of those animals? (birds, etc)"

    Yes, Emily I am familiar with the procedure. It is very stressful for those animals, in particular the birds, some of which die due to stress among other complications. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as some would like us to believe.

    I don't think we have any idea how many animals have died because of this spill.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Those respiratory issues are serious. How many hours at a time are crews working around the oil, and dispersants, and oil dispersant combination? How many hours and how many days at a time?

    It is a pain that BP is slow on compensating crews and boats working for them, but that is easily address by BP getting the checks to the people working for them, the long term effects are harder to address.

    What is happening with the cap going to be placed on the riser pipe?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Randy

    Hi everyone, I can't believe we have not seen any super tankers out in the gulf picking up the oil off the ocean surface. Maybe it is only 85% efficient but that would certainly be better than what's going on now. Somewhere in this world someone owns the tankers that are able to do this and they ought to be contacted about at least trying it out. Maybe when the oil starts washing up on the Atlantic side of this country. Someone will say, gee maybe we ought to try picking the oil up with the super tankers.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Kate - Canada

    Why is BP denying these plumes? How is this to their advantage. The best thing they can do now is to be honest! This is going to come out eventually!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Kurt, Nashville

    Why are Transocean and Halliburton getting a free pass? What is their culpability in this disaster?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  26. Barbara

    The oil spill cannot be compared to an airplane crash. This is much bigger in scope. We've got to be sure the rigs are safe before additional drilling is allowed.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. jalen

    what to do about the oil spill?? i think that the govt. should have BP use explosives to contain it. if they use them the pressure from the explosion will cave in the surronding areas of the leak and cause it to slow way down and mayby stop it from contuining. and then contain it from there. they use it on oil fires why not here to?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Scott McG

    The rig was BP's, the Gulf is U.S. Kick BP to the side, and do what we need to do to get this cleaned up, and the leak stopped. Stop playing the corporate money game.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Anderson,,,,Bp will never want to talk to you because you helped expose their ugly lies.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  30. ann

    I agree with this being a tragedy but I wonder how we can all be such hypocrits and blame it all on BP? We all have to drive around in SUV'S, Hummers, private planes etc. If the oil companies all agreed to stop production today I doubt that the people would want that. We made them rich and keep demanding more for our extravagant life styles. We are all at fault here. Just as much as if we were buying drugs from a drug dealer to get our fix. Americans are so spoiled they won't even go to the inconvenience of carpooling anymore! We all share the blame unless we are living with no modern convenience!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Bricher John-Patrick

    You see Anderson,I would compare Your Oil spill with our Tchernobyl in the 80 ies here in Europe:that was also an accident everything around was contiminated.There ,too, something should be done to build a new Sarcophage but nothing moves and there are 100kg Plutonium sleeping there,enough to contaminate persons!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Keith-Tn

    would be almost laughable if weren't true & impacts so many so far and deep. Am I the only person following this who thinks it is stupifying that the only successful thing BP has done in the last 44 days is operate a camera? nothing else down there seems to work. their R&D groups spent billions to find this stuff nearly 18K feet down under & they can't cut it off? if the camera is all they can operate well, then CNN should send some advisors to BP; all their credibiltiy is gone.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Paul

    Anderson, the fishermen working for BP
    don't talk because they job isn't exposing truth, they need the money and signed the agreement. Its their responsibility to make some money for their families in any manner that they can at this moment and it's your job to help them get the truth out. Let them do what they can do to make some money and you do what you can to tell their story for them and you both win, if anything can be described as a win under these circumstances.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Samantha Rowley

    Susan, I agree with you that North Florida has some very beautiful beaches. I am only 8 hours away from the peninsula and love to go down each year. I may have to alter my vacation plans if the spill ruins the beaches. Are the state officials in Florida saying anything to prevent this?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Patty

    Most, if not all Non Disclosure Agreements do not apply to information that is in the public domain. Now that some of the brave in LA have spoken out, this information about personal toxicity dangers is now in the public domain! In that, many more should feel more free to speak their truth and stand in their knowing.....

    June 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Diane Berube Canada

    The action should've, would've, could've....If only we could turn back time.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  37. vic nashville tn

    Why BP is denying AC 360 invitation ? They don’t want world know what is going on here

    Old oil company time to go bankrupt

    June 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Sonia Howell

    I think it is bull that BP will penaliaze someone in the US when this is all their fault. The Oh Mighty Dollar comes before anything these day's. Crying Shame !!!!!!!! I pray.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  39. Kenya

    I really feel for those fishermen. They're the innocent ones in all of this they don't deserve it. Especially the fact that some are afraid of speaking against BP?? That's just wrong.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  40. Linda

    watching from Canada-Great Lakes area. Shocked at BP's lack of knowledge with cleanup of oil-isn't that their thing? So sorry for all who live on coasts that are or will be affected. sickening! Poor Bobby is going to get sick from stress.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Emily

    Has Anderson or any other member of the 360 Team been able to see this 'contract' that has so many in such fear?
    It would be interesting to see that.... I've never seen so many people in American afraid to 'talk'....it's really eerie.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Darla

    Why can't Louisiana and the other states ultimately affected by this disaster just withhold federal taxes sent to Washington until this is cleaned up? I'd say that when that happened, Washington and Obama would learn just how serious these states are...then get the Obama administration bill BP, TransOcean and Halliburton for reimbursement to those states plus interest! I'm not suggesting seceeding from the Union but come on...........enough is enough!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Jesus Montoya

    Why is BP sayin what work condition is safe or not where is OSHA!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Terry

    Absolutely appauling tragedy and such a slow response. Politics, laws, policy and lack of responsibility by all so apathetic to respond.
    I shake my head in disgust and pray that the gulf states can recover over time.

    Terry – Canada

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Martina

    big corporations subtly will punish you if you talk about them, that is a fact of life. You are messing with their reputation. bad rep means low profits. That is why they implemented the whistle blowers law. So dont pressure those workers too much, BP or someone bp will hire will do harm to those guys in some way or form.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Don Browne

    I am a degreed mechanical engineer, and thought of an idea that might be applicable to slowing down the oil flow from the broken pipe. I do not know the pipe diameter, material it is made of, or thickness, but if it is made of steel, and there is enough length ahead of the break, could it be crimped to pinch it shut by using a large version of a bolt cutter which has a very high mechanical advantage. It could have sharp jaws similar to a bolt cutter, but not too sharp so it would not shear the leaking pipe, but crush it flat to pinch it enough so the leaking oil would be choked down to a much slower flow.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Christine Michals

    Ok....why were there no safety regulations that were monitored and regulated? I think it would be best to hire outside resources to resolve this problem. It is so detrimental to our United States and a way to involve others not in our country. We need outside suggestions and help. Obviously, we can't do it on our own. Now it's time to help us "America" that has come to your aid in so many ways in the past and the present....I have read that this "leak" is "suggested" to be a terroist attack...any thoughts on this?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Tom

    I am curious to know what the British Government thinks of all this as this is a British company. Can't they put some pressure on Tony (fire him now) Hayward and Doug (resign immediately) suttles? Also, do we even have a U.S. Rep aboard this vessel that is conducting the operation of trying to stop this?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  49. NMercado, Ph.D.

    I TOTALLY agree with you Anderson...it is reprehensible that these poor people, who are now suffering insult on top of injury, have to be fearful of speaking up and telling the truth !

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Kevin, Houston

    Anderson, it might be useful and informative to interview geologists from the USGS or Univeristy of New Orleans or LSU regarding the dynamics of the Mississippi Delta and how it can potentially carry life-giving silt into the marsh areas that are being invaded with oil.

    The River itself is engineered with levees, so it does not function as an unrestricted river delta anymore, but it will help heal the marshes with time. Maybe the geologists can give an estimate of that timing and possibly give a future perspective to folks

    June 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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