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.

Want more details on our covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good night AC360 team and fellow bloggers.

    I've learned a lot from all the information I get from CNN,AC360,and blog comments. Looking forward to watching part 2 of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's "Toxic America".

    June 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  2. Emily

    AC, Gary, Dr. Gupta, and David, and the rest of the 360 Team down in LA have been doing a GREAT job! 🙂

    June 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Anderson, with the way BP's doing, looks like you list of all good questions will soon come to end with no good answers!

    Keep up the pressure! Thanks for keeping us all aware

    June 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Justin C. , TX

    I keep hearing how 37% of the Gulf is closed too fishing. My question is, What threat exactly does the oil have on the Ecosystem? Even after the leak is stopped and the oil is cleaned up, what is the long term damage on the environment?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Joan, Connecticut

    Vicki, I'm wondering the same thing. If straw or hay can't be used to absorb the oil.

    I haven't heard anything about this idea except for once on CNN a few weeks ago. Seems like a good idea.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. April Allemand

    thank you Anderson, and please pursue this I have to go can't take this anymore, and no that cut is not going to work no the cap will not work trust me I know and yes we need those tankers now not in August, Yes August even more oil I hate BP Get rid of Tony,
    Anderson keep up the good work we need you please keep it up, thank you.....
    Good night, April A new Orleanian

    June 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  7. peter suszczynski

    When is this distructive game going to stop? When will our spineless president step up to the plate and take over this disaster? after everything is said and done,, you mean to say that our government is allowing bp to jerk us around, OBAMA, be a real leader and take charge of this. our wonderful elected officials are slowly distoying this country financially, morally and now enviornmentally. is our executive branch going to do something positive for their constituants or keep on the track of self centered agenda. so so so sad. this is our present america

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  8. peter vanhal

    i see the pipe is 20 inches dia. if you take a butterfly valve in the open position and fasten it to the pipe by the bolts that are below on the riser , and thenwhen it is tight close the valve it just may stop the flow

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  9. lisal -canada

    gnite – wishing bp-free dreams for all those affected

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Bill-TN

    This could all be prevented if the blow-out valves had a manual cut off. They could have just turned a screw and shut it down. I hope someone improves on this design in the future!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Dave Y

    If the cap does not seal well now, it doesn't stop them from creating a better cap & seal in the near future. We don't have to put up with a "poor seal".

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  12. ginger

    Our government, not BP , should have been measuring air and water quailty from the beginning . NOAA could have gotten state boats at LUMCON to go out. We needed a baseline measurement to gage from. It seems the federal agencys are covering for BP.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Nancy in Oregon

    Megan, it seems another young woman is dead now because he was enabled by his father and family to elude prosecution.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Emily

    I heard when BP was doing the "top kill", they were going by the original leak amount and that is why it didn't take...there was too much oil leaking out for it....

    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Kate - Canada

    Abandoning their attempt? They really do not care at all! Until August? This is ridiculous!
    Goodnight everyone. Good chat. Great Canadian participation 🙂

    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Perry

    I think this IS worst than is a Class a disaster and the federal government should step in and release BP from leading the charge to plug the well and stop the leak. This is a world disaster not just the USA

    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hey BP, before you go back to 'the life', could you clean-up this mess first please!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Damon

    How much will this eventually cost ? $250 Billion? Will U.S. taxpayers end up owning BP Oil? Why can't we conquer the depths of our Oceans, but we can conquer and claim the Moon fourty-one years ago!! If this reaches around the Florida Keys and ends up going up the East coast, we are in BIG, Big trouble. The Gulf is already trashed, those poor people that rely on the Gulf for a living,it makes me cry to think of them and their families affected by this. Priority's need to be in order to preserve our Planet. Forget about Space for a while.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Jason A. Jensen, Omaha, NE

    Why is it that every option BP seems to pursue involves "saving" the oil well and its revenue. Blow up the damn hole and collapse it.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  20. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Michael – There are bills in congress and requests from other federal organizations requesting that 75 million $ limit be removed. BP also did make a statement that they will pay whatever they are asked to – I am sure BP has some plan in their mind

    However, from the clean up perspective, there is a huge risk out there that some tax payer $$$ could be used, and some congressmen are challenging that now

    June 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Tanya

    I live in New York City now, but I was born and raised in New Orleans. My heart goes out to the fisherman in southern Louisiana and their families. I can only imagine how helpless they must feel-being in the area, watching the oil wash ashore, watching as the oil slowly kills wildlife and vegetation, and being powerless to do anything to stop the devastation that is taking place. It saddens me to know that so little is being done to clean up the oil that is accumulating along the Louisiana coastline. BP should be ashamed for not having a plan to deal with a situation like this. Much love to Kevin Costner, Victoria Principal, James Cameron, and others who have stepped up to the plate–ready to help– with suggestions, money, and equipment. Say what you will about Hollywood actors, but when Louisiana suffers a crisis, we can always count on Hollywood to come running.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    People in this area are getting sick, get a clue! Not because of the food their eating. If the wildlife of this area are dying what does that tell us?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Judi Schwartz

    Anderson, why can't BP put a device like they use for heart surgery where a BALLOON is put into the pipe and inflated to stop the oil from coming out? A bladder type heavy rubber. At least this wouldll stop the oil until someone can figure out what to do. They inserted a "pipe" into the existing pipe and tried to suck out most of the oil. If they can do that then they can insert a balloon.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  24. andrew/jennifer

    Anderson, Thank you for covering the BP oil Spill tragedy in detail. The exposure is exposing the faults of BP and the government. However, your segment tonight focused on boat captains that were afraid to complain in public in fear of losing contracts with BP, But You Posted His Name On The Screen, Violating The Very Secrecy He Was Seeking. Shame On You. Don't You Get It, He Wanted Confidentiality And You Violated That For CNN Corporate Gain Or Your Not Smart Enough To Keep Those Sensitive Interviews Confidential. Get It Right And Be Sensitive, As You Are Asking The Government And BP To Do So. Don't Be A Hypocritical Network Or Anchor.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Samantha Rowley

    Anderson, keep inviting BP to the show. I would like to see them speak with you and give answers to the questions we've been asking for weeks now. Thanks for all that your doing.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Linda in Arizona

    Thanks, Anderson. Your coverage is excellent. Too sick to comment. Carry on.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Nancy

    We need to do something now!!! What a horrible catatrophy for our world. Why is money more precious then humanity, and mother earth.?? Wow, are we all walking around with our eyes closed? IF this doesn't wake us up I don't know what will. How we I help??

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  28. David Carroll Jr

    Gretchen, New Orleans, LA

    I don't know if people who are not from here can truly appreciate the gravity of what is happening to the psych of the people of south Louisiana. I really feel like my family and home is under attack from a foreign invader.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Helen

    I am not sure about that but I think FEMA covers hurricanes, tsunami, and wildfires. Maybe Oil spill is not their forte.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Emily

    @Gretchen, New Orleans, LA,

    You all must be so frustrated!
    I wonder if FEMA is not there because is was not a "natural" disaster? (and BP is suppose to be in control?)

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Brian

    THE BERMS: Here's a great example of what is wrong with our government. Louisianna should not have to deal with BP directly to get funding for the Berms. Our federal government should pay for it and then get BP to remburse feds. US government should deal with any and all money issues so states can focus on solving their immediate issues. Brian H, Phoenix AZ

    June 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Michael

    Is it true that BP and the other companies involved are only liable for 75 million in damages? Well that's why those people aren't more worried about huge profit loses!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Kimberly Roberts, Louisiana

    If things aren't bad enough now, I think Hurricane season may have officially started at the beginning of this month. Last year's hurricane season was very mild. Just one major hurricane could exponentially exaggerate this disaster pushing more oil further into our marshes and delay drilling of the two relief wells.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, Forget it. BP knows what you did to Landrieu during Katrina, they aren't going to take the chance.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  35. joanne

    What is BP waiting for all of the people on the gulf coast to have to evacuate their property in order to survive? Protect all of the gulf coast now.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Joan, Connecticut

    Thank God you're there on the gulf coast, Anderson.

    We're mourning this coastland and all the life it supports.

    After Tony Hayward plugs that leak and pays for the cleanup I'll be very happy to see him go home.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  37. David Hoo

    To dramatically speed up the relief well effort, why not do it at a much shallower depth, like 3,000 feet in June, instead of 18,000 feet in August.

    Either divert one of the two relief well driilings or start a third relief drilling immediately?

    Let's do everything we can to end this leak before it kills the whole Gulph and surrounding communities!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Michelle

    Hello Anderson,
    I am wondering if you can explain where this oil is actually coming from below the sea (core of ground)? And with this 34M+ gallons still leaking how will this effect the space from which the oil is coming from? Will there be a sort of collapsing of the area emptying all this oil, do we even know yet? Thanks. Michelle

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    By the way for everyone's knowledge for every barrel of oil that leaked in to ocean, BP will have to pay roughly 4300.00 USD

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Aleta Pahl

    I like what Congressman Ed Markey says. He does not believe what BP says at all. And now they say there are no plumes in the waters of the Gulf. He says BP better provide proof there is no plumes. I had seen Phillipe Cousteau talk about going down in the water. He has seen the plumes. Markey says BP gets fined per barrels released into the Gulf so that is why they never wanted anyone to know how many barrels have leaked...

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  41. jeff coronado ca.

    all i see is politicians using the the oil spill as a means for political gains. the whole entire gulf region needs to be there doing everthing they can to stop, prevent, and clean up the oil. if the governor of LA. knows what needs to be done, he should do everything in his power to make it happen may it be legal or illegal. he should stop getting on tv trying to make the president look bad. this spill is going to effect the gulf for years even after he has left office.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Dave Y

    I still can't believe that BP stated that "we aren't concerned with how much oil was leaking" ! Well how can you identify how much oil you need to be ready to clean/address and how much resources would you need to clean it up? There is a big difference between 1 tanker equivalent per day or 1 tanker per month!

    They are trying to pull the wooll over the fed's eyes.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Kate - Canada

    The fact that people cannot tell the truth about what has happened because they are scared of a company shows how our democracies are in jeopardy. Goodnight everyone.
    Thanks Anderson

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Scott McG

    If BP has any other rigs, they need to have their licenses pulled, and kicked out of our territory until they can clean up their mess, and rebuild their credibility.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  45. NMercado, Ph.D.

    You know..? Bottom line...the BP administrators are lying to save money and oil...anything else does not matter. Period.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  46. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    Honest BP don't know the meaning of HONEST. Please!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Tim

    The administration promised to take charge of the containment and clean up...why aren't they going ahead with action to protect and defend as well as clean up and send BP the bill. Is it because they know that technologically, what can be done is being done - or they don't really have a better, or any answer?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Bill-TN

    I will show them how to contain the oil for free so that the clean up can begin. I knew beforehand the tophat and topkill would not work. When I heard they were chopping the bent riser off. I really thought..Man they do not care, They want it to spill till August. Insertable pipe is the only way to collect this. I have 3 ideas, all of which will work.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, BP will say and do anything it can to protect itself. That is its only priority.

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

    vic nashville tn,
    They don't want to be interview right now, they denied their comment right now. Right now, they are accountable what they have done damage. Good question Vic.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
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